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PARADISE

a new performance by

in situ:

The Performers:

Presenter: Pete Arnold


Medium: Bella Stewart

directed by: Richard Spaul


video and digital : Pete Arnold
set design and construction: Pete Arnold
Geoff Broad
Kate de Buriatte
Fabrics: Kate de Buriatte

music ‘Modern Medicine’


by Robin Bunce,
with Kathie Brown
and Dan Goodman
‘Ma
nhattan’
by Rodgers and Hart
performed by Ella Fitzgerald
thanks to:

Laura Cousens and Arjuna Wholefoods


Darling and Wood (?? Awaiting scanning-in of logo)
Cat, Carrie, Rowan, Chris and all at Junction /CDC
Steve Adams
J.R. Taylor and the biomedical engineering unit at
Addenbrokes Hospital
The performance lasts aproximately 1hr 45 mins.
There is no interval.
Smoking is not permitted

The Performance:

Paradise is a response to the events of September 11, 2001. It


started simply as a feeling that there ought to be an artistic
response of some kind, and over the ensuing year and a half that
response has gradually acquired form and content. Needless to
say, we are not the only people who have been responding, and
the recent invasion of Iraq by British and American forces is just
the latest in a host of responses, not always rational, to what
happened. Despite people’s efforts to pin down the meanings of
historical events, the truth is that their meanings are always in
flux, always multiple and always contested by different groups
and interests. When George Bush initially described the
invasion of Afghanistan as a crusade, what he had in mind -
probably derived more from Batman than from medieval
history - was the struggle of good against evil. When Osama Bin
Laden talks about ‘Crusader Bush’, he has something else in
mind - a long series of invasions, massacres and other horrific
human rights abuses by members of a hostile religious group.
Perhaps Bin Laden is the better historian. If events of 800
years ago are still so hotly contested, how much more true is
this of those events only a year and a half old? We have been
acutely conscious of the mutability and reversibility of historical
meanings as we’ve tried to shape our ever-changing material,
and have endeavoured to find theatre forms and techniques that
reflect this consciousness.

The Sources:
The performance is a patchwork of quotations and paraphrases
so numerous that it would very difficult to cite all of them.
There are three main ones, however.

The first, which has become known as ‘The Atta Text’, is a


document found in the luggage of Muhammad Atta, the man
believed to have piloted the plane which crashed into the North
Tower of the World Trade Center.

The second is an excerpt from Marco Polo’s ‘Travels’,


describing the legend of The Old Man of the Mountain.

The third main source is Dore’s Illustrations of the Crusades.

The Company:

in situ: was formed in 2000 by Pete Arnold, Richard Spaul and


Bella Stewart. It’s aims are:
To create work outside conventional theatre spaces, and our
work to date includes Father, can’t you see I’m burning?
performed in a three-bedroomed house, and Without History
performed in The Cambridge University Museum of
Archaeology and Anthropology.
To explore the full potential of the human voice, without the
restrictions usually imposed by text-based theatre, where the
voice is often simply a vehicle for speech.
To explore technologies new and old, to incorporate them fully
into the performance process, and to make their workings
visible. Our technician is very much on stage.
To take seriously and utilise the personal experience,
knowledge, memories and opinions of the performers in a way
not usually encompassed by orthodox notions of the role of the
actor.
Needless to say, any particular performance will stress some,
but probably not all, of these aims.

in situ: also runs a varied programme of workshops for


performers at all levels of experience. There are weekly acting
classes for Beginners and Intermediate, and weekend courses
on the voice and environmental theatre. For details of classes
and residencies, please call 01223 211451.

NB: mention the workshops, including dates of next beginners


and advanced, plus norfolk weekend. + draw their attention to
MAILING LIST SLIP, which needs to be included.

PARADISE

a new performance by

in situ:

The Performers:

Presenter: Pete Arnold


Medium: Bella Stewart

directed by: Richard Spaul


video and digital : Pete Arnold
set design and construction: Pete Arnold
Geoff Broad
Kate de Buriatte
Fabrics: Kate de Buriatte

music ‘Modern Medicine’


by Robin Bunce,
with Kathie Brown
and Dan Goodman
‘Manhattan’
by Rodgers and Hart
performed by Ella Fitzgerald
in situ would like to thank:
Laura Cousens and Arjuna Wholefoods
Darling and Wood Television/ Video
Cat, Carrie, Rowan, Chris and all at Junction /CDC
Steve Adams
J.R. Taylor and the Biomedical Engineering Unit at Addenbrokes Hospital

This performance of Paradise is supported by the Junction/CDC Theatreplan, an Arts Council initiative for the
development of new professional theatre.

The performance lasts approximately 1hr 50 mins.


There is no interval.
Smoking is not permitted

The Performance:

Paradise is a response to the events of September 11, 2001. It started simply as a feeling that there
ought to be an artistic response of some kind, and over the ensuing year and a half that response has
gradually acquired form and content. Needless to say, we are not the only people who have been
responding, and the recent invasion of Iraq by British and American forces is just the latest in a host of
responses, not always rational, to what happened.
Despite people’s efforts to pin down the meanings of historical events, the truth is that their meanings are
always in flux, always multiple and always contested by different groups and interests. When George
Bush initially described the invasion of Afghanistan as a crusade, what he had in mind - probably derived
more from Batman than from medieval history - was the struggle of good against evil. When Osama Bin
Laden talks about ‘Crusader Bush’, however, he has something else in mind - a long series of invasions,
massacres and other horrific human rights abuses by members of a hostile religious group. Perhaps Bin
Laden is the better historian. If events of 800 years ago are still so hotly contested, how much more true
is this of those events only a year and a half old? We have been acutely conscious of the mutability and
reversibility of historical meanings as we’ve tried to shape our ever-changing material, and have
endeavoured to find theatre forms and techniques that reflect this consciousness.

The Sources:

The performance is a patchwork of quotations and paraphrases so numerous that it would very difficult to
cite all of them. There are three main ones, however.

The first, which has become known as ‘The Atta Text’, is a document found in the luggage of
Muhammad Atta, the man believed to have piloted the plane which crashed into the North Tower of the
World Trade Center.

The second is an excerpt from Marco Polo’s ‘Travels’, describing the legend of The Old Man of the
Mountain.

The third main source is Doré’s Illustrations of the Crusades.

The Company:

in situ: was formed in 2000 by Pete Arnold, Richard Spaul and Bella Stewart. It’s aims are:
To create work outside conventional theatre spaces. Our work to date includes Father, can’t you see I’m
burning? performed in a three-bedroomed house, and Without History, performed in The Cambridge
University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
To explore the full potential of the human voice, without the restrictions usually imposed by text-based
theatre, where the voice is often simply a vehicle for speech.
To explore technologies new and old, to incorporate them fully into the performance process, and to
make their workings visible. Our technician is very much on stage.
To take seriously and utilise the personal experience, knowledge, memories and opinions of the
performers in a way not usually encompassed by orthodox notions of the role of the actor.
Needless to say, any particular performance will stress some, but probably not all, of these aims.

in situ: also runs a varied programme of workshops for performers at all levels of experience. There are
weekly acting classes for Beginners and Intermediate, and weekend courses on such topics as the voice
and environmental theatre. For details of classes and residencies, please call 01223 211451.
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