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confessions of a justified sinner

confessions of a justified sinner

After eighteen months of preparation Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner by Untitled Projects, co-produced by National Theatre of Scotland – my third collaboration with Stewart Laing – has now opened at Tramway in Glasgow, to a range of encouragingly personal and engaged reactions, and a series of 4 star reviews.

The work – taking the form of an archive, exhibition and performed lecture – explores James Hogg’s cult nineteenth century Scottish novel ‘The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner’, by archiving and reconstructing a possible adaptation of the text, staged as a series of experimental site-specific events across Scotland by unknown director Paul Bright over a four year period leading up to Glasgow’s City of Culture year in 1990.

Here are just a handful of snaps from the gallery opening:

 

Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner : gallery view #1

Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner : gallery view #2

Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner : gallery view #3

Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner : gallery view #4

 

Images: Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner : exhibition views – Mike Brookes.

 

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the salon revisited

the salon revisited

A few days in Glasgow, with Stewart Laing and Untitled Projects, where we had all gathered to reopen the doors of The Salon Project. Originally realised in Edinburgh almost eighteen months ago, the immersive impression of a 19th-century Parisian salon – hosting an audience entirely costumed in full period dress, within an evening of discussion and recital – has occupied the stage and auditorium of the Citizens theatre until this weekend.

In April, we will reconvene, and reconstruct, for a run of evenings in the Barbican for this year’s SPILL festival…

 

Salon guests #1

Salon guests #2

Salon guests #3

Salon guests #4

 

Images: salon guests, from photographer Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

 

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the salon project wardrobe

the salon project wardrobe

…a couple more shots from The Salon Project, Edinburgh, but this time from the other side of the salon walls – amongst audience members at the beginning of their evening, being dressed before entering – again, courtesy of photographer Tommy Ga-Ken Wan:

 

Salon wardrobe #1

Salon wardrobe #2

 

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the salon project

the salon project

I have just left Edinburgh, after opening The Salon Project – my second collaboration with Stewart Laing, and his company Untitled Projects.

We have built and structured somewhere, a specifically temporary place, that might context and sustain the immersive social gathering of seventy five fully costumed spectators and participants – each individually fitted from a vast wardrobe of period dress – across a three hour salon event of proposition, recital, discourse and conversation.

And, in this case, I built light.

 

Salon still #1

Salon still #2

Salon still #3

 

Images: Rose English with audience members and pianist Ed Cohen, captured by the project’s photographer Tommy Ga-Ken Wan, on the evening the salon first opened its doors.