Project Description

O-B-A-F-G (2015)

Crowd sourced performance of the 1964 audio-theatre script by Ronald Duncan.

Context: crowd sourced performance, video mashups, proto-immersive, community radio, space, matter & spirituality in the anthropocene.

THE WORK

In 1964 the original version of O-B-A-F-G by Ronald Duncan took the form of a live ‘stereophonic’ performance with lighting. Beginning in darkness, the audience became surrounded by disembodied voices in dialogue about the ‘birth’ of matter, tensions between scientific and spiritual beliefs, and our relationship with the earth.
Just as Ronald Duncan experimented with new audio technologies, this re-imagining uses current digital technologies to expand the spaces in which the piece is performed and encountered. Sections of text were offered to different performers, the choice of delivery and recording venue was chosen by them. Their voices were reassembled and live mixed for a studio event and radio broadcast, accompanied by a ‘found footage’ video montage projected on an assemblage of household objects.

PARTNERS

Co-produced by: Blind Ditch with the Culture & Review on Phonic FM team.

Funded by: the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation & Exeter City Council with support from Exeter Phoenix and Phonic FM.

EVENTS

  • Live performance at Exeter Phoenix with simultaneous broadcast on phonic FM as part of NOSE 2015 7pm 15 May 2015
  • Broadcast on Radiophrenia Glasgow 1 September 2016

WHAT WAS SAID

“Epic… textural… fun!”

Audience member

“It seemed like an accumulation of our entire history … from the birth of the universe to the creation of…plastic…!”

Audience member

“I loved it! The projection pieces were really nice…”

Audience member

“You start to think about origins… and how the text transfers from words to the equations… it’s transformative in a moment… that sense of oxygen and life…”

Audience member

“It was strangely like sitting around a camp fire!”

Audience member

AUDIO

Listen to the work accompanied by a 30 minute documentary about the process of making it.

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PEOPLE

Creative direction: Paula Crutchlow
Video: Stuart Crewes & Volkhardt Müller
Documentary: Audaye Elesedy
Sound edit: John Wigzell
Stage manager: Carla Hayes
With performers invited from alumni and former staff of Dartingon College of Arts and University of Exeter where the piece was first performed. With many thanks to: Uta Baldauf, Belinda Dillon, Dugald Ferguson, Robert Gerzany, Eunjoo Han, Alice Human, Fin Irwin, Jason Kennedy, Felix Bear Lane, Johann Müller, Lena Müller, Volkhardt Müller, Helen Pritchard, Cat Radford, Phil Smith, Jem Treays, Ella Turk-Richards.

RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

…developing Ghost Train with Thelma Hulbert Gallery and East Devon District Council. Please Get In Touch if you have memories or thoughts on the former Avocet line between Exmouth and Sidmouth.

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RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

…developing Ghost Train with Thelma Hulbert Gallery and East Devon District Council. Please Get In Touch if you have memories or thoughts on the former Avocet line between Exmouth and Sidmouth.

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