Thursday 21st May, 7 – 8.30pm
Laura Napier has spent 3 months based at The Crown pub as one of the Close Knit Community residency artists commissioned by Chisenhale Dance Space. Over the course of the residency the seasons have changed, public celebrations have past, Mayor Lutfur Rahman was removed from office for ‘corrupt and illegal practices’, and the outcome of the General Election hung unknown in the future. Working with patrons and staff Napier collected 92 anonymous verbal interviews recorded in longhand; covering personal stories thoughts, feelings and memories: relating to the pub, the park, and the local area to create a new body of work centering on Pub Park Place, A Monologue in Five Acts.
The performance forms a ‘50-minute hour’ made up of 5 x 10 minute acts. Each audience sees a different segment of the monologue, it is a fragmentary narrative, representative of the snapshots collected from the patrons. The monologue exists in its entirety as an archived script recorded onto 16mm Microfilm Archived Pub Park Place, preserving the intermingled real and fictional lives for up to the next 500 years.