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June 1984

The Sea Saw Red

As day slide into night those living on the edge start to stir.

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The result of a three-week residency at Nutclough Mill, Hebden Bridge, created for a large outdoor site between a crescent of derelict houses and an eighteenth century mill. The show was specially devised for this large, outdoor landscape and began at dusk and ended in full night, making use of fading natural light, stage lighting and firelight. A man and a woman, existing on the edge of a precipice, wake up and begin their day. Nearby their hut, on a mound of earth, lies a horse, motionless except for the flickering of an eye. In the garden, insects burst into a daily dance to devour the vegetables. The couple are to receive a visitor, whose persistent arrivals and dramatic departures will punctuate and dislodge their routine. The salesman finds his way to this remote spot, falls backwards into the chasm, returning only to be swallowed up by a vaccuum cleaner during its demonstration and is then buried in the garden. Finally, he climbs out of a smoking pit, bringing fire to the night.

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