The second Molecule of the year is over.
Stephen Donnelly has officially left the building.
But what a week...
Last night we opened the doors of The Project Space to an audience of around 20 (small but o-so perfectly formed) who had come for some sort of performance show back, and left having shared an experience.
Steve's work doesn't use characters, it's comes at you unrehearsed with a beautiful anarchic honesty. He looks his audience in the eye, opens with "Hi, I'm Steve. I've been in Newport for ten days, and I think I deserve a party" and immediately readjusts our expectation of the event and removes the veil between "audience" and "performer".
Steve's work was hinged on his encounters of death and loosing somebody, whilst taking strong influence and opinion from the world around him, the world around him this week was Newport.
People wrote engaged with Steve. Walking off the street into the gallery space of The Project Space they were invited to sit down, have a cup of tea and talk about dead people. There thoughts were logged in someway, and they were invited to write them on post it notes, luggage tags and windows.
At the end of the night, when it had all culminated quite wonderfully, G and I were extremely happy with the way the second Molecule of the year turned out. We just hope Steve found it a fruitful worthwhile experience. After Dino's fantastic development in February we're very happy to add Stephen Donnelly to our list of "Molecule" users, and we hope that both these productions find a life after Newport.
Thank you to anyone who attended last nights sharing and supported both Steve and us. We partied hard, played games, competed in a sibling type olympics and even walked the cold hard streets of Newport.
Here's some photographs:
A thank you to:
Everyone who attended last night.
Anyone who shared or retweeted our posts.
The guys at The Project Space.
The Molecule Panel of Tahnee Craven, Christina Handke, Paul Jenkins and Fez Miah.
Most importantly of all, a huge thank you to Steve for sharing his very personal work with us. It was an absolute pleasure to spend ten days in your company.