Millions of couples will celebrate Valentine’s Day next week. Already this poses major issues for me:
1. Isn’t this just another capital way to spend more money on stuff you don’t need? ie. roses… which in reality are sh*t.
2. On a general basis, there’s an assumption that you only have one heterosexual partner.
3. And is this only a celebration of partners? What about all the single folk? Surely nothing’s wrong with celebrating your singlehood, right?!
So it got me thinking – why not celebrate my love with an alternative celebration? Something a bit quirky, entertaining, and a bit of a challenge.
So I’ve been working on The Significant Other Festival, which aims to do just that.
The Pensive Federation asked seven writers to create a seven-minute play in seven days with the theme of the Significant Other. They handed the scripts over to a director and a company of two actors and gave them seven days to stage it. The result will be performed this weekend – just before Valentine’s Day.
By creating theatre in a confined period of time, they hope to capture what real people think and feel about love and relationships in the 21st century. Through this format, they were able to draw together a company of creative people from different backgrounds, and experience.
Full details and links for the shows at the foot of this post if you’d like to come and see.
Another element which is key to the company’s success are the volunteer participants. From writer to stage manager and even the poster designer, everyone is passionate about the festival and is keen to volunteer their time.
This also opened another door for service exchanging. Calu Lema (superhero Otesha cycle tour co-ordinator) so kindly offered her services to design the poster. This tied in incredibly well to her own blog, which challenges her to take on 12 new tasks for 2012. You can read all about her gift economy ethos as well as how The Pensive Federation poster design was Task number 1.
I leave you with something to chew on:
‘Significant other’ is colloquially used as a gender-blind term for a person’s partner in an intimate relationship without disclosing or presuming anything about marital status, relationship status, or sexual orientation.
So what does the significant other mean to you?
Come and see the show!
Dates: 11 and 12 February
Times: 3pm and 7:30pm daily
Location: Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PY