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Image credit — Julian Hughes

Village Green METAL Southend July 2019

Tropical Awkward Bastard on the Village Green : The ‘Other’ a more Sordid History for School Children.

*TAB is an evolving research-performance project. Each performance is different, with new material evolving, responding to location, context and climate.

A Pineapple, a Bunch of Bananas, a Tropical Juice Carton, One Sharp Cleaver and a Tutu- with a Question hanging in the air: When did Hospitality turning Hostility?This is a Bold Provocative Rant about being misrepresented in the world, while ticking all the right boxes. The work combines autobiographical standpoint, first hand accounts and historical reference points.

A deconstruction of Colonialism Legacy through Fruit, Song, Dance, Costume, Maps and Relics. Featuring an exotic staging of Golden Freak-show Fruits ,Dances with Pineapples and an Economy made of Pina Coldas, a multicultural Co-Co Nut, medicinal Limes and Sundowns, a soundtrack of Bombastic but Complex Histories and a series of Inappropriate outfits.

The broad questions centered in this work are about language, meaning and etymology, how meaning has evolved and what values systems this promotes. This work is certainly about misrepresentation, about rethinking taught and ‘promoted histories’, how this feeds the construction of national identities, as well as our idea of ourselves, the individual identity. The work will speak from an autobiographical standpoint.

TAB is an evolving research-performance project. Each performance is different, with new material evolving, responding to location, context and climate. To date performances run 10min- 1hr in length.

Art Forms: Live Art/Cabaret/Performance
Tech: Space dependent
Space : Adapts with site & context
Duration: 10mins- 1 hr versions available