The Bench is Autoteatro for two strangers on a bench
text / dialogue by Glen Neath
concept / direction / edit by Ant Hampton (Rotozaza)
The audience, both of them, sit on the bench and speak. Not having met before, the conversation is naturally a little awkward...
…So, a bench like any other bench
I suppose so
Take a look around. What do you see?
Grass. Trees. Sky. Buildings. A dog
A dog? Are you sure?
There’s almost certainly people
You can’t go anywhere these days without there being people
Anybody we know?
Anybody you know?
Do I know you?
We share an acquaintance.
Now let me look at you
Alone and unnoticed on a favourite bench - it could be in a park, on a golf course, outside an old station – two strangers, sharing an Mp3 player and wearing headphones, repeat what they hear and find themselves falling easily into a remarkable dialogue.
Co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK), Derby Feste (UK), Fusebox Festival (USA). With studio support from Somethin' Else (Paul Bennun)
Please note that ArtsAgenda no longer produces the work of Ant Hampton. From 1st November Katja Timmerberg will be the contact for all of Ant Hampton’s work.
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Artistic Director: Ant Hampton