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What Goes A-Round, Comes A-Round: Immersive Workshop

When: 11th March 2013,12:30pm until 2:00pm

Where: Black Maria, The Atrium, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design King’s Cross Campus Granary Building, 1 Granary Square London, N1C 4AA

Do you fancy yourself as a public speaker or tremble at the thought of even leaving a voicemail? Do you ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ or feel the heat and stay out of the kitchen? Either way, read on, this performance is for you…

What Goes A-Round, Comes A-Round is a reading of CSM Fellow David Matthews’s critically acclaimed book, Looking for a Fight: how a writer took on the boxing world – from the inside. But it’s a reading with a difference. Staged inside Richard Wentworth’s inspirational Black Maria installation, this one-hour workshop is a taster of a forthcoming ‘main event’: a test of the oratory skills, bravery and performative powers of random members of the public, which challenges them to read in three-minute rounds, chronologically, through Matthews’s 310-page cult classic.

Beneath the work’s surface entertainment, the purpose of this unique performance storytelling is to confront fears, anxieties and preconceptions about the role of the individual as performer, given that public speaking is the most common form of performance we face. The work further examines the physical and psychological ‘nakedness’ that writers, fighters and performers share, and provokes thought about how other creators’ material can be interpreted, analysed and critiqued through immersive practise.

What Goes A-Round, Comes A-Round seeks to explore the perceptions, fears and hegemonies around notions of voice and violence, particularly amongst young people and those that are less familiar with public speaking and performance. To this end, invitation to participate in the project is being circulated via social media and also networks linked to London’s schools and FE colleges – in doing so widening participation in the arts.

This microcosm is a part and pilot of a larger project, which aims to complete the reading of the book, cover to cover, and record the process both visually and audibly via engagement with other groups at other venues. The larger project is particularly focused on marginalised groups such as offenders, and is linked to the activities of the Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) ‘Wordlab’ project, which among other aims explores ways of developing literacy/communications/life skills via the arts.