Sovay Berriman (with Luis Alvarez, Paul Cordwell, Joe Devlin and Magnus Quaife), Night Flight (2010)
Sovay Berriman's recent exhibition at the Exeter Phoenix - Entertaining at the Dust Lounge - presented as she stated: "a framework for an undefined performance or escapist activity to take place." This sense of providing a site or a platform for something to take place within is a defining aspect of Berriman's work. This platform can take various forms, for example in the case of Entertaining... it is a large gothic, black sculpture that simultaneously offers and denies - through the impenetrability of is reflective black surfaces - a podium like structure, a position from which to speak, to intone, to stage... For Berriman, collaboration often takes place through text or through the identification of patternistic forms (such as the dance forms of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers seen across the whole of their oeuvre) that act like a text or script.
The collaboration of Sovay Berriman, Luis Alvarez, Paul Cordwell, Joe Devlin and Magnus Quaife will work through, with and on the script of the un-produced play for radio, Night Flight, originally written by Magnus Tristan in the late 1970s. The script provides a vehicle for their collaboration, as they explore its constituent parts - pace, structure, narrative, characterization and direction. For A Theatre to Address they will present their work with the play's synopsis - and playing with the radio play format to produce something that is reflective and personally evocative, and creating a complex network of communication across and throughout the group.