Come along to watch or join in with The Larks’ latest interactive performance piece, Know Your Place, which pitches you – the audience – at the centre of a rigid and ridiculous social system over which you must triumph. Your social position dictates how you can move; the upper class will move freely, whilst the poorer man will have to be more creative…
Know Your Place is inspired by the physical comedy satire of The Two Ronnies, the sheer audacity of BBC’ s The Revolution Will Be Televised, and ongoing public frustration with politicians of all parties. It is a satire (and a warning) of the state of social mobility in the UK today.
The Larks combine the spectacle of theatre with the agency of play. Their work sees unexpected blends of gaming, interactivity and the theatrical. Fascinated by the use of game structures to tell stories, The Larks are passionate about engaging with ‘the now’. In their heavily interactive and reactive work, participants are constantly reminded they are part of the unfolding story; making decisions, taking responsibility, affecting outcomes. This makes for a powerful and immediate platform to address topics which may otherwise seem difficult or inaccessible. Formerly Associate Producers at greenroom, The Larks are now resident company at Contact. They are also supported and mentored by Word of Warning.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Originally commissioned by Festival of the North East for PLACE, a development programme to stimulate new work in the North East, managed by ARC, Stockton Arts Centre.