24 HOURS OF PEACE
ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE / MANCHESTER / 10-11 NOV 2019
— produced by Polly Thomas
Neil Bartlett‘s most ambitious work to date, exploring Peace in the 21st century at a key moment — 10 November 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice Day. What does Peace mean today?
24 Hours of Peace was a live 24-hour broadcast of an extraordinary one-off performance, mixing new-form drama with an ancient form: public vigil. What does Peace look like? And especially, What does Peace sound like?
The text is composed of the words of 100 modern peacemakers interviewed by Neil, across the UK and beyond — an eclectic mix of people, from a 99 year old conscientious objector in Lincolnshire to a 19 year old Scottish anti-militarism activist; a trans sexual health worker to a London gang member worker; a Cornish women’s peace campaigner to Small Steps, the anti-right wing extremist group, staffed entirely by former right wing extremists.
Over 150 hours of audio, from which Neil created a 237,000 word script, performed by 48 professional and community performers, for 24 hours non stop on the stage at Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, with a simultaneous live stream on national radio station Resonance FM, that was broadcast on 10-11 November 2019.
A Thomas Carter project for Royal Exchange Theatre and Resonance FM