Theatre Replacement: Town Criers
In a fixed location, writers type out observations of the world unfolding around them. In Cardiff’s Grange Gardens, a town crier receives these observations, live, via a tablet — a modern day version of the trusty scroll.
The criers ring their bells and declare these observations to the public. Drawing upon patterns of relaying information that mirror Twitter or Facebook, Town Criers treats everyday considerations as the news. Intimate and minute details are transmitted through the ether and then filtered through the live body in an oratorical sculpture.
Town Criers exists to celebrate voices. Already produced in Burnaby and Whitehorse, Canada as well as Reykjavík and Hrisey, Iceland, the project has allowed Theatre Replacement to find and work with teams of writers and criers who embody something integral to their community. In Whitehorse it was the river running though the northern city, on Hrisey it was the movement of people to and from the tiny island. In Cardiff we have landed in Grangetown, a remarkably vibrant neighbourhood in visible transition, and the focus is on family. For Town Criers Experimentica, a mother will live write to her daughter, a son to his father and a sister to a brother, all of whom will shout out variations on what it is to share blood inside this rapidly evolving community.
This is an unticketed performance taking place in Cardiff's Grange Gardens
Exact performance times to be confirmed soon