Most Things Are Quiet
"Can you see me? I'm the one in the gap..."
'Most Things Are Quiet' was borne out of personal experience of suicide and the subject meant different things to the members of our creative team when we first discussed the idea of creating a piece of theatre exploring themes surrounding suicide. But through collaboration with Papyrus, a leading organisation in the prevention of young suicide, the reasons for wanting to explore the subject and the messages we hoped to convey to an audience experiencing the piece became one and the same; to change the script that collectively as a society we use surrounding the subject of suicide. Our understanding of suicide, our treatment of people affected by suicide and the language we collectively use about suicide are all parts of the script that needs changing.
It became clear as we developed the piece that suicide affects more people than most probably realise. Suicide being the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 is itself a shocking statistic that many aren't aware of. As we discussed the piece with people and carried out tech rehearsals, strangers would approach us to enquire what on earth we were doing! People wearing headphones in a busy city centre is now commonplace, but a small group of people wearing headphones and following someone through the streets attracts attention! Many people we spoke to had their own stories to share about how suicide had affected them, and all commented on how what we were doing was important in that it was creating opportunity to discuss the subject openly. Our inability to talk openly about suicide was something that everyone agreed was a hindrance to changing attitudes and this was a major focus for our performance.
'Most Things Are Quiet' invited four audience members at a time to follow a young man through the streets of Liverpool, listening via silent disco headphones to a live mixed soundscape of the young man's thoughts and memories. Beautiful writing by Stuart Crowther, which was based on his own testimony and experience of suicide, was mixed with moments of one-to-one live performance and immersive sound design to create an experience that allowed the audience to reflect on their own attitudes, the language they use and how they can help change the script we collectively use when faced with this tragic subject.
Video below by Fully Formed Films http://fullyformedfilms.com/
Photography by Chris Currie