We Were There 2.0
WE WERE THERE 2020
Supported by ViiV Healthcare for 'The Art of ART', October 17th 2020
Presented by Tilted Projects
Our local HIV histories often recall men's experiences, but the women who were there have their own stories to tell - we honour them here.
In late 2015 the project began in earnest with early collaborator Gavin Roach, followed by interviews throughout 2016. The recordings of which were meticulously transcribed, with serious attention paid to the vocal nuances of each speaker in the hope of translating to the page a deeply authentic re-presentation of each verbal contribution. We captured the organic inflections and casual non-verbal sounds of naturally occurring, uninhibited, and uncensored speech. By building upon playwriting techniques developed by Caryl Churchill, we set down a vocabulary of punctuation-based signifiers to inform the vocal interpretation and subsequent physical embodiment of each actor's performance, allowing for the cacophony of simultaneous voices and the mapping of internal shifts in thought and emotion.
For the most part, the names of our participants remain unspoken within the text, and this is how we felt it should be. Their experiences did not occur in isolation; women all over the world share them. So, you may see only four women on the screen, but we hope that you hear a choir of voices, all of them singing "we were there". This work reflects upon aspects of the internal and social stigmas surrounding HIV&AIDS. It catalogues moments of grief, loss, survivor's guilt, and the everyday challenges faced by women living with HIV - spanning generations. It offers contrasting lived experiences of the virus from opposite sides of the triage counter.
This project would not have been possible without our participants' ongoing generosity or the work of the first teams responsible for the 2017 creative development and the 2018 play. For more information on the original production, please click here.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
OUR HOST: Michele Delaforce
CAMERA: Michael Pattini (Camco Television)
CAST: Barbara Lowing, Jodie LeVesconte, Liz Buchanan, and Louise Brehmer
CAMERA: Lauren-Ann Smith & David Mace-Kaff (Creative Path Films)
WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Dirk Hoult (Tilted Projects)
HEAD OF PRODUCTION: Kenny Timms (Diprose Media)
SOUND/SOUND DESIGN: Evan Drill
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Bear Baxter (Tilted Projects)
PHOTOS: Daniel Burke (Burke Photography) - 2018 Production Stills
POSTER IMAGE: Amelia J Dowd - w/ Anita Posterino
OUR CORPORATE COLLABORATORS
LIBERTY EVENTS: Kira Fitzpatrick & Richard Wyles
ViiV HEALTHCARE: Bill Paterson, Jared Croft, Sue Calvert, John Walton, Ann Maccarrone, and Fraser Drummond