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Harry Clayton-Wright: The Fortnight

Across 14 days, Harry Clayton-Wright presented 14 brand new eight hour performance pieces. Each day involved its own persona, its own world. Each piece experimented with the different ways in which people stage themselves over time. Reflecting on the artist’s experience with growing up in Blackpool – a sea-side town ubiquitous with traditional entertainment – and with his biography as a professional performer, The Fortnight provides a show about show business, a series of performances about performance itself.

Drag, dance, lip sync, tattooing, all day raves, showbiz autobiographies, character comedy, storytelling and Scrabble with mum all took place.

Audience members were invited to visit briefly or stay a while. Some days invited more participation than others, some days required more observation. The days are designed to serve as counterpoints to one another in tone and what they explore. They have been carefully programmed in relation to The Fortnight as a two-week durational experience – visit once or collect all 14.

Because as they say, “the show must go on”, and on, and on.

Commissioned by The Spire, produced by David Sheppeard, supported by Abingdon Studios, Marlborough Pub & Theatre and New Queers On The Block and using public funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England. Set design by Ryan Dawson Laight. Performance development by Melanie Jame Wolf. Poster image by Joel Devereaux with costume by Ruby Slippers. Poster design by Sarah Ferrari.

The Fortnight ran 10 am – 6pm, 5th to the 18th September at Abingdon Studios Project Space, Blackpool* framed by a new queer colour installation produced by artist Garth Gratrix titled Cheeky Felicia.

Images courtesy of Matt Wilkinson