This is an edited film of the solo performance "14 Smiles". (Film time: 18mins. Time of live show: 50 mins).
Filmed and edited by Sharon Salazar.
Created, directed and performed by Martha Brown.
Recorded room sound: 'Reinsamba cathedral echo and the freesound project.'
...A friend said to me: "I sometimes think, how does she do it? I mean, she must have problems, issues and things on her mind like the rest of us. So how does she manage it? It's the buckets. The whole acting like a 5 year old thing. It myst be the buckets."
In this charming, chaotic and hopeful solo performance, Martha meanders between social philosophy, live art, stand-up comedy and shaggy-dog stories, mapping out a surreal and experimental storytelling experience. Veering from the insightful and thoughtful, to the humorous and back, this unpredictable journey of transformations parodies and celebrates the quirks and identities of individuals within society.
14 Smiles was inspired by an experiment, in which Martha counted how many people returned her smiles whilst walking in London. Receiving only 14 smiles, out of many more given, raised questions for her about social interaction. Audiences are invited to reflect upon social interaction in the modern city and to engage with the potential wonder to be found in everyday, mundane life, accessed through imagination and playfulness.
An authentic, colourful and captivating performance. Warning! Could start a revolution of smiles.