The impact of social, cultural and/or historical conditions on work. By Howard Sivills.
The intention of our piece was a protest against the ‘Business and Enterprise' take over bid of our college— The Axe Valley. Compromise of art shows the college priorities; money. Microcosm of the outside world. Blair's targets on specialist schools by 2005.Post Thatcherist climate. Money replaces moral code and religion. The immense power of the IMF and WTO. Money is power. Resources in Drama and Art, for example the hall with lighting riggs removal, replaced by business centre. This is shown through the narrative of our production and allegorical to political climate.The Artist is the school, the devil is business and the temptress' are the benefits it reaps. ‘ A battle for an artists soul'- A lost battle for a performance space.The shallow happiness money provides– what is happiness? Little fulfillment carnal desire.FormThe morality play typical of the renaissance used to communicate a modern message.A morality play will have a mankind figure which has understandable decisions, representing man kind. This figure is tempted by a vice crew. In this case vice is money. The artist is damned Dr Faustus 1582.Performance. Due to the protest nature of the play, we needed a specially selected invited audience. We chose representatives from arts and humanities subjects for one side and the head and financial governor for the business side.
The audience were separated into two sides ‘A' and ‘B',- ‘Art and Business'. This showed social segregation. They were made to queue separated by a white line. We employed a patronizing waitress to control them, reminiscent of an air hostess and tightening control of flights. This gave the audience an idea of societies control of the masses and authoritarianism.They were let in after 15 minutes orderly waiting and seated on the floor. This was for many reasons.All on the floor created an equality of levels and humbling of the usual positions of comparative authority. They had to listen to our view which had not previously been platform.Our culture is based upon money, assuming that the end of happiness is money. This play communicated that we all sell our art/ time as it is all we have. But if money is the final goal we will never be happy.
The Play was performed in The Axe Valley Community College based upon a collection of poetry by Howard Sivills and Sam Hall.