The Fortnight by Harry Clayton-Wright.
Consisting of 14 brand new eight hour durational performance pieces, consecutively performed over 14 days, take a look at Harry’s most ambitious work to date. This film by Rosie Powell Freelance captures the staging in Brighton, performed at The Spire, as part of Brighton Fringe in May 2019.
About The Fortnight
Across 14 days, the artist is presenting 14 new eight hour performance pieces. Each piece involves its own persona, its own world. Each piece experiments with the different ways in which people stage themselves over time. Reflecting on the artist’s experience with growing up in Blackpool – a sea-side town ubiquitous with working class entertainment – and with his biography as a professional performer, The Fortnight is a show about show business, a series of performances about performance itself.
Each day’s performance is unique. Audience members are invited to visit briefly or stay a while. Some days invite more participation than others, some days require more observation. The days are designed to serve as counterpoints to one another in tone and what they explore. They have been carefully programmed in relation to The Fortnight as a two week durational experience.
As they say, “the show must go on”, and on, and on.
Commissioned by The Spire, produced by David Sheppeard, supported by the Marlborough Pub & Theatre and using public funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England. Performance development by Melanie Jame Wolf. Poster image by Joel Devereaux with costume by Ruby Slippers. Poster design by Sarah Ferrari.
Brighton: Set design by Ryan Dawson Laight. Lighting design and technical management by Simon Booth. Photography by Rowan Briscoe. Photography and videography by Rosie Powell Freelance. Tattooing by @joseloveslife. Dressing up with @mx_misha. With special thanks Luc Daniel.
Blackpool: Queer paint installation by Garth Gratrix. Supported by Abingdon Studios and New Queers On The Block. Tattooing by @madamefink. Photography by Claire Walmsley Griffiths. With special thanks to Catherine Mugonyi, Janet District Council, Esther Mathews and my Mum.