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An exploration of what lies on the middle of up to date theatre. Written via the inventive director of compelled leisure, it investigates the method of devising functionality, theatre's interdisciplinary function, and the city's impact.
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On Risk and Investment On Risk and Investment was written in May 1994 as a kind of public provocation, in response to an invitation from Alan Read, who was then head of the Talks Department at the ICA. He asked for a manifesto piece to be shared during Barclay’s New Stages in a season of talks called ‘The Seven Ages Of Performance’—a statement that might spur a discussion on an issue of concern in contemporary performance. I tried my best and wrote something that talked about risk and investment—the demand that performers and artists should be ‘on the line’ in what they do.
3. Now! (200% & Bloody Thirsty, 1988) Part Two Terry: We made work for 10 years in a country with a Conservative government. None of us ever voted in a general election that returned anything other than a Conservative government. As things changed, the maps we made of the country had to be redrawn. Richard: We noticed big changes to the country but could never date them precisely. When did the streets fill up with beggars? When did the great programmes of building, rebuilding and demolition begin?
They even saw a street somewhere called CAR PARK WAY. They marked this street on the map. At the end of this line lies I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT’S NOT BUTTER and a beer called THIS BEER IS THE BEST BEER I’VE EVER DRUNK IN MY WHOLE LIFE I SWEAR TO GOD. After the seductive power of ambiguous images it all comes back to hard sell. They marked on the map a bar they’d seen in Zurich (1988)—THE EVERYTHING A MAN COULD WANT BAR. They drew a map of the country and marked on it roads named after Scargill, after Mellor and de Sanchez, after Reagan, North and Yeltsin.