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a smith

It’s no surprise to me that Tim Crouch had co-directing from a smith – Andy Smith. This type of work would appeal to Andy, I think. See here for Tim’s article in the Guardian on his thoughts on Oak Tree.

In the programme, it says

“a smith is an artist who attempts to make accessible and poetic work. Most often employing forms of performance, writing and installation, this practice uses ideas of the everyday and social as its base, and build itself from there”

I’ve not seen that much of Smith’s work but have had occasion to chat to him a couple of times. There was one particular performance that sticks in my mind. It was part of his series on London and we were both showing work at the Gate Theatre, as part of the ROAR season.

I think his piece was called “London Calling”. There were about 40 in the space and and it started with Andy singing the song, then Andy made us write down a description of an image that we thought of as our London. When we had finished, he read them all out. Our descriptions juxtaposed to weave a personal portrait of London – lyrical, funny, weird, sometimes disturbing; it was utterly brilliant.

I think it might have been some sub-conscience influence on my performance piece, Confessions that also persuades the audience to write down their confessions.

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    I'm a playwright and investment analyst. I have a broad range of interests: food, gardening, innovation & intellectual property, sustainability, architecture & design, writing and the arts. I sit on the board of Talawa Theatre Company and advise a CIS investment trust on socially responsible investments.

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    Recent plays include, for theatre: Nakamitsu, Yellow Gentlemen, Lost in Peru, Lemon Love. For radio: Places in Between (R4), Patent Breaking Life Saving (WS).

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