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the dyas sisters / the reading room

the dyas sisters / the reading room

Emptying my camera this morning, after returning from an intense and possibly overdue Quarantine gathering in Manchester, I first pulled out this short series of monochrome images.

Together for ten days, in a stripped bare main-stage auditorium, with a twelve metre projection screen, a collection of old chairs, a photocopier, and as many floodlights as I could get my hands on, we have been opening up elements of The Dyas Sisters project – a project initiated by tasking Grace and Veronica Dyas, sisters from Dublin, with the attempt to describe everything that they could remember happening within their lifetime.

In conclusion, we shaped a place and event to mark the end of that task and the publication of the resulting book – framing a meeting with its first public reading, within some of the other possibilities and elements that were also generated across the process…

 

The Dyas Sisters / The Reading Room : #1

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The Dyas Sisters / The Reading Room : #5

The Dyas Sisters / The Reading Room : #6

The Dyas Sisters / The Reading Room : #7

 

Additional colour images are available in the archive [ here ]

 

Images: Mike Brookes

 

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entitled

entitled

Tonight sees the final performance of this year’s tour of Entitled  – my eleventh collaboration with old friends and long-term colleagues Quarantine.

“…devised with three technicians (Greg Akehurst, Chris Whitwood and Lisa Mattocks), three dancers (John Killroy, Joanne Fong and Fiona Wright), and a writer (Sonia Hughes), Entitled takes the form of a theatrical ‘get-in’ and a ‘get-out’: the usually hidden choreography of transforming a theatre from an empty space into a stage for a show, and back again…”

This afternoon, while they will all have been making ready for this last night, I have been allowing myself to wander around the various fragments of the work’s process that still cover my desktop – and revisiting some of it’s questions. Which I look forward to exploring further.

Here are just a handful of Simon Banham’s shots from the tour’s opening – in Manchester, back in July:

 

entitled still #1

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entitled still #3

entitled still #4