PIECE ME BACK TOGETHER
Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together.
Look Left Look Right were commissioned to help promote Cityread 2014 through a number of interactive, site-specific performances inspired by the selected novel My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young. I produced sound design for two of these events; Taking Leave, a guided audio walk through Kensington and Piece Me Back Together, a performance installation.
Its visiting hours – enter a wartime hospital ward and hear tales from the First World War soldiers who awoke in its beds.
Piece Me Back Together invites the public to visit a First World War hospital ward staged in a bookshop in central London. Visitors are greeted by the ward nurse and given an opportunity to meet the doctor who explains about the kind of injuries the men have suffered and how they are being treated. The visitors then have the opportunity to meet some of the patients and read their letters. I designed a selection of audio tracks to convey the patient’s stories that were played over headphones located on each of the ward beds.
Piece Me Back Together was presented at Foyles, Charing Cross Road (The Gallery, 3rd Floor), Friday 18 April 2014.
Click the link to read about the theatrical audio walk Taking Leave