Fag Break

Fag Break is a site-specific interactive and participatory installation in the form of a musical game for two musicians and two self-selected audience members (players). The four collaborators follow sets of instructions and play a game that results in the performance of a unique improvised composition inspired by the history of their surroundings.

Fag Break was the result of a commission to devise an intimate piece to perform during Plovdiv 2019 (European City of Culture). The first performances were in a former tobacco factory and featured lighters, cigarette packets, ominous percussion, classical cello and echoes of Otis Redding’s 'Cigarettes and Coffee'. 

Second performances took place at the Profound Sound Festival (2020) in Folkestone Quarterhouse, which was built on the site of a building firm, a cake shop and a beer shop.

Percussion - Haydn Ackerley (Plovdiv)

Cello - Laura Ritchie (Plovdiv)

Voice, Bottle, Hammer - Anna Braithwaite (Folkestone)

More information here


On tour from spring 2021

Footage shot by mistereb.com

That was such fun! - Participant

Watch one whole round of Fag Break  as played in Folkestone here

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