Waste Time (a do)

Come and Waste Time with What Lies Beyond…

Sun 23rd Sept 1-3.30pm
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Bring a picnic, bring a poem, bring your painting, bring your knitting, bring an instrument: come and waste a little time and learn that no time is wasted.

Come and do a turn or just turn up for the do.


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T.S.Eliot’s poem, “The Waste Land”, is brimming with references and fragments of intrigue and interest.  Waste Time (a do) is envisaged as a curating of such fragments and references, a flexible performance with improvised elements and opportunity for audience involvement.
Having a number of prepared set-pieces from their existing repertoire (eg short performances, poems, musical interludes) What Lies Beyond… will shepherd and choreograph the audience into performances (as if an open mic event), collaborations etc, inviting people to sit on the floor, stand in groups, as appropriate, and creating an interactive and uplifting entertainment.

Beyond the structural skeleton provided by What Lies Beyond… and their improvisational skills, the content will be determined by the nature of the contributions brought along by the audience.

What Lies Beyond…

…have a legacy of producing semi-improvised and responsive work and was set up by Dave Reeves (who bellows) and Wendy Freeman in order to explore multi-disciplinary collaborations and to extend performance opportunities, both together and with other artists, following the success of their first joint promotion the 2016 Stratford-upon-Avon Haiku Hike (which also featured invited poets Alison Absolute and Matt Black).

Wendy Freeman…

…is a visual and performance artist, designer and maker, and performance poet who notably was part of the Cunning Stunts theatre company, and appeared as a living exhibit in Peter Greenaway’s Luper exhibition at Compton Verney. Wendy has designed sets and costumes for Ballet Rambert, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Actors Touring Company, Cologne Opera House, Womens Theatre Group, Ra Ra Zoo amongst many. She designed, devised and performed as part of Cunning Stunts Theatre Collective, later formed Burnt Bridges Theatre Company, and has performed one-woman shows and had solo painting exhibitions internationally. Her artist residencies include Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Riverside Studios, London.

Dave Reeves…

…is a performance poet, squeezebox ranter and harmonica player, known for his work as a community publisher and live literature promoter. He is currently poet-in-residence at the Black Country Living Museum. Dave Reeves has worked as a performing poet in the UK and Europe, both solo and with other musicians, and currently tours with a show of original spoken word, props and self accompaniment on squeezebox and harmonica. He was publisher and editor of Raw Edge Magazine, the Arts Council funded new writing magazine for 13 years until 2009, and set up, and broadcast a monthly spoken word programme for, Radio Wildfire, the internet radio station for 10 years until 2017. His latest book/cd combination is Black Country Dialectics from Offa’s Press.

Their work together incorporates elements of folk art, conceptual art, live literature, music and humour.

Got an idea but want to check it out with us? Email: what.lies@mail.com


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