InBetween - ACCIDENTAL COLLECTIVE

Since its formation ACCIDENTAL COLLECTIVE has produced some unusual performances for non-theatrical spaces. After performing in shop windows for seven hours, after inviting passers-by to have cups of tea in a bandstand, after a ceremony on a beach, this intrepid company goes back to a more traditional setting: Four walls. Five hours. You. Us. This is a meeting. Face to face.

InBetween premiered during last year’s Canterbury Fringe Festival, and on Sat 22 March will be part of Eastbourne Festival 2008. Initially funded by Canterbury Festival and supported by the University of Kent, the project has recently received funding from Eastbourne Borough Council’s New Initiatives Grant scheme. With this financial backing, InBetween has been re-worked as a durational piece lasting over five hours, so that audiences are free to come and go as they wish. The venue for the event will be the glamorous Best Western York House Hotel, on Eastbourne’s seafront parade.

When InBetween was shown in Canterbury last year tickets sold out, attracting a mixed audience of young and old. Richard Pollot (Canterbury Fringe Director) stated: “InBetween was fringe theatre at its best. The performance was the highlight of the Canterbury Festival Fringe: engaging, thought-provoking and devilishly funny. InBetween is another impressive performance from Accidental Collective, Kent's own quick-thinking-fast-talking pioneers of the theatre of the unexpected.”

In this their latest project, ACCIDENTAL COLLECTIVE investigates the links, differences, and contradictions between the performers’ lives, bodies, and those of the audience. InBetween subverts and plays with the familiar frameworks of speed dating, waiting rooms, catholic Confessionals, and having a good old gossip. The performance is an exercise in the unrehearsable, and focuses on what happens in the live event and the meeting between audience and performers. Why not come see us and sit down for a chat?

As is characteristic of ACCIDENTAL COLLECTIVE’s unique style, InBetween is not an out-of-the-packet-show that is easily consumed. It invites the audience to simply sit with the performers and talk. How much can be said in the times it takes to cook an egg? How truthful can you be? The company places its audiences in unconventional and unexpected roles. “We are interested in encouraging participation, rather than just spectatorship. We see the audience as our collaborators, they always have an active role in the creation of the piece. It’s a delicate thing. We have to find ways to engage the public that are non-confrontational and allow them to make a personal investment in the work”; says company member Rick Bolinger.

Tickets: £6.00
Students, OAP, unemployed: £4.00

Tickets are available:
- in person at the Festival Box Office (Congress Theatre, Carlisle Rd.)
- at the Tourist Information Centre (Cornfield Rd.)
- via the telephone Box Office, Tel: 01323 412000, Credit Card Hotline: 01323 411555

ACCIDENTAL COLLECTIVE’s aim is to shake up the arts scene in East Kent and the South East. For more information about Accidental Collective click here or email info@accidentalcollective.co.uk