Fag Break is a game
Fag Break is a piece of music
Fag Break is a piece of theatre
Fag Break is a site specific event
Two musicians and two audience members 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.
Fag Break provides permission and a space for adult non-musicians and musicians to play together and be creative within given constraints, which sometimes results in some delightfully surprising responses!
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