Meet Me in The Alley
Meet us in the alley. We’ll bring the food, questions, and a table; you bring some comfy shoes, and your sense of despair / spirit of playfulness (delete as applicable!).
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled.
In this project, pairs of strangers will embark on a short journey through the streets of Belfast to then come together at a small table in an alley. Over food you will be invited to discuss how you want the world to be, what could be different, and what you care about. These conversations will then feed into a larger, national project about utopias and alternative futures.
The alleys of Belfast are the perfect site for these conversations. Like these questions, they are public, yet also private. Like these subjects, they are often neglected, but hold great potential for civic engagement and activism. Find out more details on how to get involved by visiting our website.
Theorist Hannah Arendt describes the public realm as being like ‘a table in-between a group: it relates and separates them at the same time’. In this performance installation The Bare Project are exploring this idea of the common table. An object which can both come between us and hold us together. A site to imagine alternative futures. We also believe in the political power of playfulness and of sharing food. So, instead of gathering around a traditional table of negotiation, what if the common table where we gather is generous and fun?
This installation is part of a larger arts project called The People’s Palace of Possibility. Across the UK, The Bare Project are hosting residencies to build the different ‘rooms’ of the Palace. The room explored in Meet Me In The Alley is the corridors of the Palace. In 2023 all these rooms with be gathered together for a largescale outdoor installation piece.
The Bare Project is a theatre and interactive arts company, based in Sheffield. We have been making work together since 2012. Our form changes: sometimes it’s a script and a stage, other times an installation or a conversation.
We create surreal and strange work that is rooted in a desire to both understand and change the world around us. We believe that by entering other worlds we are better able to make sense of and challenge the world we normally live in- and that we urgently need to challenge and change the world right now.
Often our work is co-created with communities, outside traditional theatre spaces, and we have performed in workhouses, empty shops, in Victorian factories and along canals. Often our work is informed by ideas and research from philosophy, psychology and politics, and two of our core team members are also social scientists. How we approach each new piece – where it might take place, its form, and potential collaborators – is always informed by the themes and questions posed by the project.
Age 16+. Please inform us of any dietary requirements at registration.