ensemble performance | 2001

Each performer was given a name and a brief personal history through encounters with the others. They had to accept any name that was offered by members of the group and any suggestion from a loaded question about who there were.

They may have any number of names and identities. The characters were slowly bound together by a network of relationships. On eye contact the performers shrieked in recognition of a long lost friend. They recapped their multiple identities without any emotional engagement. The starting point was the behaviour that characterises acute amnesiacs, who do not (or cannot) admit to their memory loss but instead try to fill in the gaps by fabrication.

Manchester University, Crewe & Alsager, Performance Arts Course, January 2000; De Montfort University, Visual & Performing Arts Course, 2001