an immersive performance exploring Brexit and Britishness

Supported by Dancexchange & Sky Arts; performed at the Barbican & Sage Gateshead, 2018-2019

Creative Direction: Gary Clarke

Spoken Word & Sound Design: Rosie May Jones
Installation Artist: Amelia Beavis Harrison
Video Artist: Chris Bradley

Vidya Patel
Si Rawlinson
Stefania Pinato
Laura Vanhulle
Rebecca Randall

Join the Speaker of the House for This Is an Island? produced by DanceXchange with creative direction by Gary Clarke.

This Is an Island? invited audiences to experience a no holds barred version of the motivations behind the referendum vote through the eyes of Birmingham residents, who were split almost 50/50 over Brexit. Interviews, comments, actions and views were transformed into a thought-provoking and exciting multi-sensory journey.

Audiences were taken on an experiential journey through an imagined forum, similar in structure to the House of Commons, experiencing first-hand the voices and opinions of the people of Birmingham through dance, spoken word, Installations and film.

The piece developed from conversations which took place in May 2018 when a group of artists went out on to the streets of the city to discuss Brexit and what it means to be British.