one on one

09Jul10

(pic: Donald Maclellan, courtesy of The Independent)

Here’s the full programme for BAC’s (Battersea Arts Centre’s) ONE-ON-ONE Festival of intimate theatre. We’re presenting It’s Your Film, a Stan’s Cafe classic that was originally created in 1998 thanks to a small commission from The Bond Gallery, Birmingham.

It’s Your Film is a 4-minute live performance which resembles film, adopting low-tech means of delivering the illusion of a noir-ish epic into a specially-built viewing booth which audience members occupy one at a time. With a tech/performing crew of 4, it makes for an extravagant, labour-intensive event; a Festival-filler, available to no more than 10 persons per hour. IYF chimed perfectly to shifting cultural conventions, became hugely popular and transformed the way that Stan’s Cafe delivers its work. Also, as a supposedly ‘exclusive’ show, it must be candidate for one of the most performed, having notched up something in the region of 10,000 individual performances (The Independent mentions 4,500 but this is a very conservative estimate). BAC is the 40th venue for the piece – it having travelled as far afield as Rio de Janeiro, Skopje and Vancouver. For full details of previous tour dates see this Stan link.

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