This has now finished so, if you didn’t take part this time round, bad luck! Hopefully it will have some kind of future life though. I’ll post up on here about anything that’s planned.
For posterity’s sake though, I’ll just describe the project as it was presented at Theatre Delicatessen last week. It was an exhibition that chronicled the sights, sounds and smells of Urban Snail Racing…basically through photography and a hand out, which gave some background info. People could come in at any time and check out the space, there was music and the lights were up so it was quite bright. The bookie (Lucy Wray) was taking bets on the next race. We did one race an hour and Lucy McCormick (from Getinthebackofthevan) provided the commentary as well as a quick briefing to the players. We ended up only running 6 snails per race and limited it, on most nights, to three races per night. This meant that demand outstripped the (teeny, weeny) supply. Still, a good position to be in and we managed to squeeze a few more people in as audience.
Feedback has been really positive and I was proud of what we made. Although it was my conception, there were really important contributions throughout the process mostly from Lucy McCormick (without whom it would have been a totally different and much less interesting piece) but also from Kieran Lucas (who did sound and was generally an all round legend), Lucy Wray, Michelle McMahon (who took over as commentator on the Friday) and Ellie Robinson. Also the hugely talented Ish Sahotay helped a lot with the curation of the exhibition.