What Came First

James Dolan and Natalia Vamvakitis

Through blood, sweat and sand, over the last 6 months we have artistically explored the theme of ‘queer time’!

‘What Came First... ?’ exists in two parts

Part 1- ‘We Emerged As Limbs’

How can we use performance to think of times and worlds that are beyond a human scale? The performance is design-led: water drips on a scolding hot plate, limbs emerge from bin bags and a lightbulb responds to the sound of the audience. The work is boldly visual, stirring up feelings of the cosmic scales of time we exist within. It dialogues with the beginning of the universe, the beginning of us and what will be the end.

Part 2- ‘Lone Rangers Rhythms Do Not Die’

How can live performance exist as an archive? Exploring my own diaspora within this age of globalisation, I web together stories and material to create a fuller picture of my ancestry. The piece uses materials as artefacts to present the narratives of my elders through displacement and assimilation. I employ ritualising performance to search for truth within their stories - building on top of, merging, meshing... but can we ever truly fill in the gaps?

Event Details

Genre: Theatre

Duration: 60 mins

Price: £10

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Darkness, Loud Noises, Flashing Lights, References to Sexual Violence, Swearing

Suitable for ages: 14 and over

World premiere

See venue page for accessibility information.

11 August 2024 7.30pm

The Water Rats

Full: £10


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