The Twice Removed by Anna Fenemore and Pigeon Theatre is a solo show with three performers – Anna Fenemore as ‘Anna’ (who is afraid of performing alone), Gillian Knox as ‘The Prompt’ and Andrew Crofts as ‘The Technician’.
The Twice Removed investigates the concept of a ‘biographical’ performance solo, where the lone artist presents only what other people want, and only what other people think of her, and only what or ‘who’ other people believe her to be. The show interrogates ideas around identity construction and negotiates tricky conflicting views of who ‘Anna’ might be.
Four summers ago I decided to make a solo show. It began badly. I didn’t know how to work alone and I stared for long periods of time at walls not knowing what to do. In a moment of terror I wrote to 148 people and asked them to tell me what to do, to tell me what solo show they would like me to make. I wrote to people in different ‘groups’: ex-students, current-students, colleagues, old-friends, new-friends, family, ex-lovers, asking them for show ideas or fragments, structures, instructions, warnings, details or broad brushstrokes. I assured them that I would not be making their show, but that I would be using the material, stories and correspondences I received to make the show. And so the project became a large-scale, long-distance collaboration between myself as solo performer/maker/subject and 148 contributors/collaborators/ biographers.
This show is their shows…
Pigeon Theatre worked with Richard Gregory of Quarantine, and Dr Marianne Sharp from the University of Winchester on the development of the The Twice Removed.
The Twice Removed was funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and supported by greenroom and hÅb.
Friday 16 March 2012, 7pm | University of Winchester
Wednesday 14 March 2012, 7.30pm | Media Factory, UCLan, Preston
Thursday 23 February 2012, 7.30pm | Performing House, York St John University
Friday 17 February 2012, 7.30pm | Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
Thursday 26 January 2012, 7.45pm | Aberystwyth Arts Centre / Canolfan y Celfyddydau
Friday 26 March 2010, 8pm | greenroom, Manchester
Tuesday 9 March 2010, 7.30pm | Axis Arts Centre, MMU Cheshire, Crewe
Friday 19 February 2010, 7.30pm | stage@leeds, University of Leeds