THE EMPTY PLACE
As we get ready to open the doors again, Paul Davies takes a moment in our empty Bunker Theatre to revisit the words of Peter Brook and to consider the place of performance in our city and beyond...
"A city needs many spaces for a culture to flourish. These smaller spaces are the earthworks of citizenship and democracy. They are where we learn the language of performance and participation. We can fall in love in these small spaces with all kinds of performances but we are unlikely to fall for a spectacle of obedience and authority. A citizenship armed with the capacity for critical thinking is what a successful democratic city needs. Whether it is at Volcano or at Clwyd, in Cardiff or Formentera, in Berlin or Brazil there are spaces that are zinging with the memories of past performances and dynamic, critical futures. They come into my mind and I look forward to returning to them."
Watch the new video here, and download the piece as a pdf in Welsh or English.