A Small Town Anywhere originated from a challenge to Coney to make a piece of theatre from an existing narrative, and present it with no performers. We worked from Henri-Georges Clouzot’s film Le Corbeau, and cast our audience as the citizens of a small French-ish town, faced with external political turmoil and a troublesome and poisonous ‘Raven’ within.
I worked as a co-author on this project, along with Tassos Stevens, Melanie Wilson, Gary Campbell, Annette Mees, Tracky Crombie and Tom Bowtell. We were joined along the way by many other brilliant collaborators who were involved for one or other section of the project.
The piece was developed over a couple of years, including development time at the National Theatre Studio and BAC, and we showed the “full theatrical release” version at BAC in the autumn of 2009.
A Small Town Anywhere was particularly exciting for me, as it was one of the first visible (or at least relatively high profile) projects in which I was actively shifting my practice from ‘collaborative lighting designer’ to collaborative artist/maker/writer.
Here’s a lovely little film documenting the BAC performances, filmed by Greg McLaren: