I Am Not A Piece Of Meat

Sudden, urgent low whisper

My deepest terror is decapitation.
Scares the shit out of me. See how I just said ‘scared’ and ‘shit’ in the same breath?
The human mind is the body.
Any idea that they are distinct is not only dangerous but absurdly illogical.

 “I’ve seen a lot of truly great theatre in my life but I can’t quite remember a moment like the closing of your production. The (small) audience sat in stunned silence. No-one wanted to break the moment by applauding. It was an extraordinary thing. Quite electric […]You made us look at the fragile beauty of the human form, of life itself. And the equally fragile beauty of the human heart. Your two principals cast some kind of spell over the room. I could say much more. I’m a journalist by trade and have seen quite a lot of war in my life. It has had a profound effect on me.  I think I thought that theatre couldn’t measure up to the emotional impact of the real thing. But your production chimed with something in my own heart I think.”

BBC War Correspondent Allan Little November 2018

is an artwork commissioned by Create – the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland – with the support of CAPP (Collaborative Art Partnership Programme), which is co-funded by the European Union Creative Europe Programme. 

Conceived and written by Anna Furse
Produced by Lynnette Moran | Live Collision
Graphic Design / Web Development Dave Darcy
Title Sequence Kilian Waters
Sound Composition David Coulter
Digital Producer and Creative Consultant Lynnette Moran
Research Assistant Nina Klaff
Administrative & Production Assistant Natasha Eves
Commissioned by Create Ireland, CAPP

The author wishes to give special thanks to Lynnette Moran, co-founder of CAPP, former Producer for Create Ireland, Artistic Director of Live Collision Festival, and Producer for Athletes of the Heart, for her inviting this 3-year Residency that has resulted in this digital artwork.

Conceived, written, directed and performed by Anna Furse
Commissioned and produced by Create Ireland and Live Collision

in collaboration with

Lead Producer | Live Collision & CAPP
Scenography Mela Dell’Erba
Musical composition David Coulter
Live Musical collaboration Henry Dagg
Lighting Design Nao Nagai
Video Design Kilian Waters
Set Realisation Rachael Champion
Costume Realisation Berthe Fortin
Sound Design Mix Carl Kennedy
Research Assistant & Social Media Dafne Louzioti
Script Consultancy Dawn Kemp & Jack Klaff
Publicity Photography Ludovic des Cognets
Press & PR Katrina Goldstone
Production Management Fiona Keller
Graphic Design Dave Darcy
Production Photography Abigail Denniston & Nina Klaff

The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) is a transnational cultural programme (2015 – 2018) focusing on the field of collaborative and socially engaged arts practice across art- form and context. CAPP comprises a nine-organisation network, led by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland.

CAPP is a diverse range of dynamic cultural and artistic organisations supporting the development of artistic projects of excellence. Partners include: Agora Collective (Germany), Create lead partner (Ireland), hablarenarte (Spain), Heart of Glass St Helens (UK), Kunsthalle Osnabrück (Germany), Live Art Development Agency (UK), Ludwig Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (Hungary), m-cult (Finland), and Tate Liverpool (UK).

The overall goal of CAPP is to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe, by enhancing mobility and exchange whilst at the same time engaging new publics and audiences for collaborative practices. The different strands of the CAPP programme consist of national and international professional development opportunities, artist residencies, commissioned works, touring and dissemination, and a major showcase in Dublin (Ireland) 2018.