Sounds & Guts

A touring studio performance written and performed by Tess Denman-Cleaver, with sound by Tim Shaw, visuals and set design by Taryn Edmonds, and supported by Matthew Evans in the role of Associate Director.

Sounds & Guts collected articulations of loneliness from found personal testimonies and interviews conducted by the artist, contemporary literature, local history, popular culture, government policy and health research; the hour long theatrical performance used voice, immersive sound, analogue projection, choreography and moving image to shape a landscape in which these voices were collaged together. Sounds & Guts considered the relationship between landscape, language and subjectivity and attempted an articulation of loneliness at a time when the term was becoming medicalised and co-opted within government policy.

Sounds & Guts was developed in relation to a workshop programme on landscape and performance for young people living in rural communities.

Sounds & Guts was produced by Tender Buttons and presented at Queens Hall Arts Centre (Hexham, 2014), Live Theatre (Newcastle, 2014), St Cuthbert’s Church (Holy Island, 2014), SPILL Festival of Performance (Ipswich, 2014), Culture Lab (Newcastle University, 2014) and Ivy Arts Centre (Surrey University, 2015).

Project partners: Queens Hall Arts Centre, Flodden Archeologists Club, Morpeth Bagpipe Museum, East Amble Women’s Workshop and Newcastle University.

Funded by the AHRC, Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council.

Images by Keith Pattison (2014).