On 15 June 2015, The Jurors was revealed for the first time as part of an international gathering of thousands of invited guests to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede. To mark this occasion, Owen Sheers, poet, author and playwright was invited to write a dedication for the artwork, to be performed at the event. This film below was screened on site, depicting the performers emerging from the surrounding landscape of woodland, roadways and riverbanks.
‘Or In Any Other Way’ directly references the content of The Jurors and follows the form of Oscar Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Gaol. On 15 June, each of the performers recite a stanza while approaching The Jurors. As they assembled at the artwork, the final stanza is recited by the group in unison before they take their seats.
Naz Ahmed, Timothy Barker, Edson Burton, Charlotte Discombe, Matthew Donnelly, Joel Douglas, Rupika Gunawardena, Alicia Ingram, John Kelly, Rafail Panagi, Kate Smith, Michael Tesfaye, Terri Winchester
The dedication performance was directed by Stephen Rayne and produced by Situations. The film is produced by Lighttrap Films.