Andrew’s Field Days

Friday 27 June 2008

It’s a common enough phenomenon in the performing arts that certain people just like to work together. As artistic and intellectual equals (albeit from different disciplines) they are constantly challenging each other in order to scale ever more inventive and creative heights.

They are symbiotic muses, if you will.

One immediately thinks of Roberto Rosselini and Ingrid Bergman, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Matthew Bourne and Lez Brotherston, Bill Kenwright and Jenny Seagrove, John Noakes and Shep.

Another example, in Andrew’s mind anyway, is the powerful artistic association that he has with theatre maker and blogger Andy Field.

Here they are together at last night’s VIP launch of Hide and Seek, “the festival of social games and playful experiences” running in London from the 27th to the 29th of June 2008

Above: Andy Field and Andrew share a quiet moment at a VIP launch (photograph from the author’s private collection)

But it wasn’t all just flesh-pressing and free booze. Oh, no. Andy’s Checkpoint social game (which officially takes place on Saturday) was one of the VIP launch events and so it was no surprise when Andy called in some of his most reliable ensemble and promising newcomer Helen Smith.

Now regular readers may remember that Andy and Andrew’s creative association dates all the way back to last July when Andrew gave the performance of his life in The Day Out.

Then, just a month or so ago, that working relationship was cemented when Andrew took part in the seminal Brighton version of Exposures (“One of my most enjoyable evenings on the Fringe this year”, Lyn Gardner).

Now, to be honest, Andrew found this stressful rather than enjoyable as it brought out his competitive element and was determined to produce the most artistic photographs possible. His disquiet reached fever pitch when the film on the camera ran out (above) but reflecting on it now he realises that Andy F was just pushing him to achieve even greater things, as is the nature of such artistic relationships.

And so it was that he grew into Checkpoint. It’s a game in which a team of ordinary members of the public have to outwit a team of border guards in order to smuggle the contents of a living room from one part of the South Bank Centre to another.

An excellent idea but unfortunately the competitive nature of the piece encouraged the members of the public to cheat and Andrew’s response to this was merely to sulk. Anyway, here are some pictures from the event.

The border guards discuss strategy (Helen Smith is centre; Andrew pictured second from right).

Border guards on patrol for smugglers in the Royal Festival Hall.

A boarder guard challenges some possible smugglers (the clue is the rug draped over the man’s shoulder)

Busted! A woman with a hair brush.

Busted and booked.

2 Responses to “Andrew’s Field Days”

  1. webcowgirl Says:

    Wow – you know the Sandpit people? I am wishing I was there right now but I’m having people over for a party – I suspect Sandpit would have been a lot more fun.

  2. Graham Says:

    It sounds great fun and your particular game puts me in mind of some of the great theatrical collaborations such as Paul and Barry Chuckle or Ian and Jeanette Krankie.


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