Stori Mwd

Site-Specific Interactive Lecture-Performance, Sheppard Theatre, Centre for Alternative Technology  (CAT)

Stori Mwd (A Mud Story) is an interactive, site-specific ‘environmental’ lecture-performance I have developed and delivered with physical theatre collaborator, Kirsten McIver, for the rammed earth Sheppard Theatre at CAT. It addresses the magical politics and performative materiality of the rammed earth walls of the theatre, ‘telling mud’ in geological time, in relation to local geology, built/spoken vernacular, a rural, agricultural landscape and an environmentalist institution (CAT). As architect-performers, we appropriate the space and materiality of the lecture theatre in an interdisciplinary encounter between architecture, ecology, pedagogy, and performance, raising questions about the meanings and agency of performance within the academy, and within architecture.