Mischief La-Bas and MSL Projects Presents - In Association with Radiator Arts, UZ Arts and In Situ
A nocturnal, site-specific promenade performance exploring the dark themes behind children's rhymes and stories, Nursery Crymes can occupy the shadowy lanes and alleyways of urban environments or the pathways and forests of rural landscapes. Conceived and led by Mischief La-Bas, Nursery Crymes presents art work from some of the country's most exciting artists, representing many different disciplines, to create a series of encounters, installations and performances that probe the sinister side of nursery rhymes – the ideas of authority, morality and social indoctrination underpinning these simple tales. From the depths of Mother Goose’s forest to the “fun” of the F***ed-Up Fairground, audiences are led down pathways and behind police tape, through performer-animated spaces, soundscapes, film and art installations, and around some dark corners.
Immersive participatory environments designed and created by Angie Dight and Bill Breckenridge include The Good and Bad Forest, Cryme Alley and the Fu**ed-up Fairground.
Renowned live artist Liz Aggiss presents a new film and associated choreography for Nursery Crymes, chasing childhood into the corridors of crass with a sin-fuelled Cinderella. Fiona Robertson, one of Glasgow’s leading visual artists explores the surreal, deeply-rooted imagery of nursery rhymes and the grotesque in the tactile on-site installation and film Bad Sheep. AV artist Dav Bernard, known for his work with 85A, presents Alouette (High Voltage) an innovative live projection and soundscape manufactured by welding sparks that links the casual cruelty of children’s songs to the recurring use of torture in ‘civilised’ societies. Glas(s) Performance and youth company Junction 25 present haunting sound piece good/bad/horrid. Hastings-based Radiator Arts collective create immersive installation pieces within abandoned cars and shop windows.
Around all this, Mischief La-Bas performers take on the twisted forms of some beloved childhood characters, in dark and unexpected scenarios.
Nursery Crymes Premiered in Glasgow November 2017 to critical acclaim: