Christopher Green is a multi-award winning performer and writer who has appeared all over the world. He works with many of the biggest cultural institutions in the UK.
Christopher is currently making The Home, an experiential durational piece of theatre about residential care, in collaboration with the Albany and Entelechy Arts, drawing on their years of shared work with older people.
The Home will create an old people’s home where the audience are invited to spend two nights. They are the cared for during their stay. The staff are artists who all live in this kind of facility. They are the collaborators who will co-created this piece. They’ll spend the first 24 hours replicating the kind of behaviour they have experienced for themselves. Good, bad, messy, indifferent, ill-thought-through and wonderful. The varying degrees of care or not care that working within a capitalist framework that demands care is seen to be given and shareholders are seen to be paid.
After 24 hours a transformation will occur. The staff will begin to change personality, the building to shape-shift. The dystopian will become a utopian possibility – a vision of how things could be. Of course, some people still won’t be happy. And this will lead to discussions of the grown-up nature of what we are dealing with. There are harsh realities: Old age isn’t for sissies. But dreaming, risk-taking and a desire to transcend the possible is the job of art and artists. The Home intends to push every boundary during audiences two night stay. And there will definitely be Bingo.
This large scale theatrical presentation will be staged in the UK in autumn 2019 with international stagings starting in 2020.
About Christopher Green
His experimental theatre work includes Office Party; VIP, The Razzle; Prurience and This Show Has No Name.
He is a father, a son, a very lucky boyfriend, and unluckily a widower. He is also a Buddhist, a recovering depressive, and a very keen baker.
Top image shows Chris Green as Ida Barr in the Albany theatre.