Uncover the dark secrets of a small community
Dates: Autumn 2009; May 2011; May 2012
A roomful of strangers take hats and badges to become citizens of a small town for the most momentous week of its history. Simmering gossip and tensions between the two tribes of Wrens and Larks are stirred to boiling point by the poison-pen signing themselves as The Raven. Can solidarity survive?
A Small Town Anywhere is a piece of interactive theatre for around 30 playing audience who take hats and badges to become citizens of a small town for the most momentous week of its history. Originally inspired by Clouzot’s film Le Corbeau, it’s a story about a community at war with itself, riven by tribalism and petty ambition.
A Small Town Anywhere is also about the roomful of strangers who become the playing audience, and what communal sense emerges through their play. The story of the town that unfolds is responsive to the choices they make, individually and collectively. An advance interaction with the Small Town Historian, online or in person, gives audience the opportunity to cast themselves into the town and make their own history – including their filthy secret, which may or may not be discovered.
A Small Town Anywhere ran as a co-production between Coney and Battersea Arts Centre.