A few months ago someone I knew when I was 5 got in touch with me after an absence of 29 years. Crystal Swenson lives in a small town in Nebraska. She’s a stay-at-home mom, which she loves, and her partner has just finished renovating their bathroom. They have a claw-foot bath. Person of Interest is a work-in-development about some of my present anxieties. At the moment I’m thinking about superannuation, investment funds and private health insurance. I’m also thinking about everything that is wrong with the world (cigarette butts in pot plants) and everything that is right with the world (dogs). I wanted to know what Crystal thought about.
Person of Interest was presented as a work-in-development showing during The Festival of Live Art, commissioned by Theatre Works.
Using pre-recorded audio, the audience become a series of conversations in a cafe. Wearing speakers with the voice of a stranger reverberating against their chest, they become intimate with the life of someone I know, but rarely see. Taken from conversations with old friends about everything that is right with the world and everything that is wrong with the world, this is an audio work where you can eavesdrop on other conversations, sift through photographs, and have a meaningful conversation without having to do anything. I will serve you. At some point, we come together.
The first stage of this project was developed with the support of Theatre Works.