New exhibition and live river performance

29 July 2011

Local people have taken part in creating a new exhibition at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 14 Lines, and a new performance called Slipstreaming. This new RSC-commissioned project has seen artists, Helen Paris and Leslie Hill, from internationally acclaimed performance company, Curious, invite residents from Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area to share stories of the people or places they love.

14 Lines, which will be launched on 6th August, is free and will take place in the RSC's Swan Room where new portraits and a soundscape inspired by these local stories will be featured.

During the weekend of 6th / 7th August, Curious will also premiere a new performance, Slipstreaming, on the River Avon, taking audiences on a memorable journey through past and future, fate, fact and fiction.

Renowned photographer, Hugo Glendinning, worked with Curious to create the portraits for the 14 Lines exhibition, with pictures taken in a range of locations to represent people's favourite places or people. Celebrated sound artist, Graeme Miller, then worked with Curious to create a soundscape to complement the photographs, which visitors to the exhibition can enjoy.

Helen Paris said: 'Slipstreaming will be a live performance which interweaves some of the same stories that have shaped the 14 Lines exhibition.

'This original performance commissioned for the Avon will feature performances by us, singer Claudia Barton and a soundtrack by Graeme Miller. The performance is a mosaic of themes and memories, both local and mythical, with cameo appearances by some of the residents included in the exhibition.'

Geraldine Collinge, RSC Director of Events and Exhibitions, said: 'A performance piece on the river is a first for the RSC and will be a fantastic addition to the exhibition in the gallery or a great event to participate in on a Stratford summer evening.

'The new exhibition will form part of a range of activities that visitors to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre can enjoy as part of our 50th Birthday Season. The project has been a great way to involve local people in the RSC's work and hear about their favourite people and places.'

Two cruises will depart on The Lotus, a 1920s riverboat, from the Bancroft Gardens on the 6th and 7th of August at 7pm and 8.30pm. Each cruise will last for approximately one hour.
Audiences will meet in the Swan Room 40 minutes before each performance. Tickets are £10, or £5 for people under 26 years of age, with 24 places available per trip. Tickets are available via the RSC's Ticket hotline: 0844 800 1110. For more information about the RSC, visit www.rsc.org.uk and for more information about Curious go to http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/curious.aspx

The 14 Lines exhibition is free and will be open in the RSC's Swan Room from 6th August – 2nd October 2011. It will be open every day from 9am (Sundays 10am).

Date of issue: 25.7.11

Notes to editors:


About Curious
Curious was founded in 1996 by Helen Paris and Leslie Hill and has an international reputation, through 40 projects in a range of disciplines, for edgy and humorous interrogations of contemporary culture. Their investigations usually involve intimate personal journeys alongside public research and enquiry. This leads to collaborations and conversations with a huge range of people – participants and audiences alike - and the resulting work is sometimes humorous, sometimes challenging, but always authentic. For further information on Curious contact: Cheryl Pierce, Artists' Producer, Artsadmin (0)20 7247 5102 / cheryl@artsadmin.co.uk

14 Lines
To take part in the project, those local to Stratford-upon-Avon and visitors to the RSC's recent Open Day were invited to send in a couple of lines describing who / where the person / place is that is special to them, what is special about them, and why they would like to have their portrait included as part of the exhibition.

Those selected include:
David & Ingrid Stevens, John Jennings, Sam Lesser, Jennie Dobson, Deborah and Peter Deeley, Deborah & Ian Fleming, Florence & Robin Austin-Braams, Sarah Hosking, David & Alison Thomson, Marion & Tony Morgan, Pete Wyer, Tony Boyd-Williams, Simon English and Ryan Tacata.

Slipstreaming
Three of the locals featured in the exhibition will also have cameo roles in the new Curious performance, Slipstreaming. Slipstreaming is written and performed by Helen Paris, Leslie Hill and singer / songwriter Claudia Barton, with a sound track by Graeme Miller. Locals making special appearances in the performances are: John Jennings, David and Alison Thomson and boat skipper Tom Bramhall.

Events and Exhibitions:
Leading on from the successes of My RSC Gallery, the Insult Chair, the Folio Exhibition and Shane Waltener's Sweet Celebrations, the RSC Events and Exhibitions team continues to create a new and dynamic strand of work at the company which aims to engage audiences outside of their experience of watching a production on stage.

RSC 50th Birthday Season
The RSC's 50th Birthday Season runs throughout 2011 and features Macbeth and revivals of some of the RSC's greatest plays, including new stagings of The Homecoming and Marat / Sade. As well as work on stage, there is a series of events, exhibitions, workshops and debates. For further details, visit www.rsc.org.uk

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Anna McNeil, RSC Press Office anna.mcneil@rsc.org.uk / 01789272438

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