Sally O'Reilly & Mel Brimfield
The mess tent performance programme

2006

The mess tent was the operational headquarters for the Whitstable Biennale 2006 performance programme. For two weeks, Sally O’Reilly and Mel Brimfield took up residency in a large army mess tent, planning events and discussing ideas with artists and visitors.

At the weekends packed programmes of performances took place, while during the week a more informal set of collaborations operated from the mess tent, including workshops with the Sea Scouts and a collaboration with local oral historians, which culminated in a guided walk around Whitstable on 17 June at 2pm.

Visitors were invited to drop into the mess tent to find out more about the performance programme, make suggestions and discuss performance ideas, deposit anecdotes about the history of Whitstable, pick-up sticks of rock from Resonance FM and take part in spontaneous performance events.

Opening weekend 2-4 June 2006

Helen Frick
Friday-Sunday

William Hunt
Longshore drift in open C
Friday

Ian Saville
Friday

Ryan Gander
Loose associations
Saturday

Gary Stevens
Not Tony
Saturday

Adam Chodzko
Longshore drift, early Detroit techno and other processes of erosion
Sunday

Second weekend 9-11 June 2006

Stacy Makishi
Simon Munnery
Friday

E = mc Scratch performance
Saturday

Matt Rudkin
Native dance
Saturday

Gary Stevens
Thought bubble
Saturday and Sunday

Paul Clark
Ear opener: classical music, Wagner to DJ Spooky
Sunday

Final weekend 17 & 18 June 2006

Mel Brimfield and Sally O’Reilly
Guided tour of Whitstable
Saturday

Matt Rudkin and Edwina Ashton
Beauty Spot
Saturday and Sunday

Nathan Penlington
Shortfuse speed cabaret
with Suzanne Andrade, Tim Wells, Ali Cook, Victor Mount, Rachel Pantechnicon and Simon Munnery
Saturday

John Hegley
Sunday

Sally O'Reilly & Mel Brimfield