DEPOT was a devised piece performed by The Mercury Theatre Company in Colchester, England, after a year-and-a-half of devising work. I participated in the first weeklong international artist workshop in July of 2008, which led to several devising weekends in Colchester in the year following. During the sold out run, off-site in two enormous abandoned tram sheds in Colchester, I played a role I had researched – John Wilbye, fused from two famous cases of homicide in Colchester’s history, and the Renaissance madrigalist William Wilbye. The company assembled a DEPOT choir of community members to sing the six part madrigal Draw On, Sweet Night during the performance, which I conducted in character. Below are several videos showing the many one-of-a-kind nooks and crannies in this original play-cum-installation. At the bottom is a run through of the madrigal before one of the performances. DEPOT was written and directed by Gari Jones.
Below is the Prison Break sequence – watch or fast forward to the end to see the flaming motorcade.
BB Conducting the DEPOT Choir in William Wilbye’s Draw On, Sweet Night: