Play in my Flat (2014)

Play in my Flat was a site-specific play/film/performance in my flat in Brighton, UK. Scenes were filmed in three rooms in my flat: lounge, bedroom and kitchen. Three screens were installed, one in each room, and room-specific scenes were screened during the performance. Person With Clipboard (PWC) had control of when the scenes were shown in between improvised performance. The film shows two people, Him and Her, who have mysteriously time travelled from the future to 2014. They arrive in Woman’s flat, where they get to know one another a little before PWC instructs them to move to the kitchen where a conversation with Woman allows the unravelling of themes of domestic abuse and climate catastrophe.

During the performance, Him and Her are dressed like PWC (in white shirts and black trousers) and observe the goings on, whilst Woman involves the audience, who on arrival were given clipboards, pens and instructions to make notes of their observations, in trying to work out why they have come back and what is going on. I wanted to see what it would be like to bring together a victim and a persecutor of domestic abuse, who did not know each other, in the presence of someone who fell into the role of counsellor/coach. Would they gain enough awareness to desire to make changes to their lives? The time travel element added another dimension of unreality that caused some of the audience members to question reality outside of the flat. The play ran for two nights in 2014. A link to the films screened in my flat during the performance is here. Links to documentation of performances are herehere and here.

Actors:

Him: Andrew Cain

Her: Justine Smith

Woman: Julia Fry

PWC: Ric Morris

Camera:

Edmund Winder

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Screen shot from one of the films shown on the screen in the lounge
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Screen shot from the film shown on the screen in the bedroom
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Screen shot from one of the films shown on the screen in the lounge
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Screen shot from the film shown on the screen in the kitchen
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Photo of audience watching one of the films in the lounge
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Photo of audience and actors
Screenshot from Play in My Flat, Kitchen video.MOV
Photo of audience interacting with actor

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