The Good Room
SCRATCH WORKS: I’VE BEEN MEANING TO ASK YOU
Why shouldn’t I look right into the sun? Why do you go to work? Was there really a time before the internet? How do I know that I’m real and not a dream of somebody else?
This is a work full of questions. Asked by young people. Answered anonymously by adults. Turned into a new work of performance by The Good Room in a theatre-turned-playground-turned-battleground.
APAM 2018 marks the first development of I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You; a work conceived to travel and adapt across different cities - each with its own ensemble of young people, asking their own questions of the people bigger (and supposedly smarter) than themselves.
Combining anonymous submission with high-impact image, the work pits Age against Experience in a conversation built around three key starting points: what you’ve been told, what you know to be true and what you want to believe.
From these beginnings, I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You looks at how we scaffold our understanding of ourselves and the world: one truth, one myth, one omission at a time.
For APAM 2018, The Good Room will open up our development room to give an insight into our methodology and the initial creative responses from our young ensemble.
Image: Dylan Evans
The Good Room is a Queensland-based performance collective comprised of Daniel Evans, Amy Ingram, Kieran Swann and Lauren Clelland.
We co-author works with audiences as part of an ongoing investigation into empathy and connectedness. We do this by asking the public to anonymously share with us, via a custom-built website, memories and admissions from their lives. Inside a rigorous process, we respond to these crowd-sourced contributions by fusing verbatim techniques, contemporary performance, and theatrical spectacle, to create work that blurs the line between ‘audience’ and ‘maker’.
This next major work for APAM will combine our finely-tuned creative process with our ongoing commitment to privileging the voices of young people, in a piece of theatre made by The Generation Up Next.