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Edward Thomasson, Volunteers, 2016. A new play for DRAF Studio
Sometimes it’s like we both know what’s going to happen next
Like we know all the steps
It’s nice in a way
I just think you could use me a bit harder sometimes
Edward Thomasson, Volunteers, 2016
Over the course of one month, artist Edward Thomasson uses DRAF Studio as a site to develop a new project that incorporates the production of a video work and the public presentation of a new one-act play.
For the first ever residency at DRAF, the space will shift between rehearsal studio, video set and theatre, as a group of actors develop and perform songs and narratives by the artist, first for camera, and then for a live audience. The project focuses on how individuals behave in mutually beneficial relationships and how this behaviour might be useful in understanding exchanges between performer and audience. Looking specifically at instances in which people voluntarily allow themselves to be used by other people, the project continues Thomasson’s investigation into how stories are shared on camera, on stage and in everyday life.
Edward Thomasson makes videos, plays and performances, both independently and in collaboration with artist Lucy Beech. His works are frequently set in institutional environments, which act as backdrops to the artist’s repeated investigations into the spoken and unspoken rules of social interaction.
Volunteers is supported by DRAF, The Elephant Trust and Southard Reid, London. DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle.