What sort of entertaininment can fit into a limited space?
Crammed hosted a variety of performances, from theatre to poetry to talks to interactive tales to live music. The limited space meant that each show felt like a personal experience shared with only a select few.
We also opened the side of the Crammed space on occassion to provide free musical and theatrical entertainment for the entirety of Guildhall Square.
We embellished the Crammed space with some of the pieces from The Coccolithophore Project by Southampton artists Chris Cudlip and Julien Masson.
Sunday 25th October
SO:ToSpeak: Words in the City: Southampton Ukelele Jam
Crammed opened its side as part of SO:ToSpeak Festival to present joyful renditions of modern tunes played on a plethora of modest Ukeleles. Southampton Ukelele Jam are one of the most generous and loved orchestras in Southampton. Great fun!
SO:ToSPeak: Words in the City: Vix Hobbs / Ricky Tart
Continuing it’s support of SO:ToSPeak, Crammed closed the side and opened the doors to two of Southampton’s idiosyncratic performers, Vix Hobbs and Ricky Tart. First off, Vix performed an original and moving part-improvised performance she had prepared based on the theme of refugees, using the container to enhance her theme.
Ricky then sang his own songs accompanied by a cigar-box guitar and performed a couple of poems in his unique entertaining style.
Popular blues trio RSJ Blues played in the container as the sun sank over the first day at Crammed. Apparently the sound quality inside the container was great for the blues!
Tuesday 27th October
Museum of the Future (Now)
Crammed hosted a talk by Jonathan Bonfiglio of The Clipperton Project.
John discussed how museums are designed to store knowledge from the past, but what could a Museum of the Future (Now) look like? This was a a freewheeling conceptual journey through who we might choose to become.
Wednesday 28th October
Today TRANSPORTED helped The University of Southampton celebrate Mexico Day in the city with a pair of Mexico-themed events.
Mexico Day: Mariachi Fiesta
Mariach Fiesta played in the square to the delight of unsuspecting passers-by.
Mexico Day: When They Disappear
When they Disappear was a play performed by Mexican theatre company Las Nanas de la Cebolla. In Mexico thousands of women disappear. Sometimes they turn up. But most of the time they don’t. For those left behind there are only questions. Every year thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate to their ancestral forests in Mexico around the Day of the Dead. The local legend says that the butterflies are the souls of the deceased returning to earth.
It was a poetic, inventive, visual and claustrophobic work about the lasting impact of Mexico’s pandemic violence against women and those searching for the remnants of their loved ones.
Thursday 29th October
SO:ToSpeak / Apples and Snakes: NUDE
As part of SO:ToSpeak Festival and commissioned by Apples and Snakes, we were proud to premiere NUDE, a new spoken-word play in 3 parts written by Paul Hewitt. NUDE, a dramatic interpretation of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, is a poem-turned play about love and fate – how two strangers can become lovers and how relationships can grow and fade endlessly.
‘I have this life I have chosen, it’s not always easy – but it’s entirely mine’ – Virginia Woolf
NUDE was directed by Ian Nicholson with assistant director Josh Whatsize.
Cast: Michelle Farnheim, Ed Nash, Nadia Lamin
Nude is now embarking on a run in London and a tour of venues in the South.
Saturday 31st October
Sing Now Choir
Sing Now Choir Southampton is the UK’s latest and most exciting community Pop choir. They’re serious when they say ‘singing is for everyone’ and their mission is to offer an environment where everybody feels comfortable to sing and let their passion for music shine through. We opened the side of Crammed and the choir let rip!
When the choir had finished there was an unscheduled tango performance from Tango Lingua, who presented a tale of love told in dance, lead by Joe Hudson.
Halloween: The Mummy
For Halloween, Crammed became the Mummy’s tomb for a spooky live musical performance enhancing the classic 1932 film The Mummy. Performed by Neko Roshi and The Shimbee3 (a pared-down version of The Shimmering Bees) accompanying visuals from VJ Visualate, there was creeping, crawling terror that stood the audience’s hair on end and brought a scream to their lips.
Sunday 1st November
Theatre in a Bag returned to Crammed to present Illyriah Ahoy! (or Pirate Shakespear’s Twelfth Night), a fun play aimed at all ages where we were invited to step aboard to join the crew, for a special, never to be repeated (in quite the same way ever), retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Presented by two old sea dogs, Rob Iliffe and Matt Fletcher. (No parrots. Stockings optional!)
Campaign for Quiet
Crammed closed it’s programme with a noisy wail as Southampton record label Campaign for Quiet invited musicians to showcase their skills in our confined performance space.
First up was Chuter, described as ‘minimal hum’, who set the container reverberating. He was followed by Funcrusher Plus, drone and drang to balance your head by Ben Martin in a special one off collaboration with artist Kristianne Drake, who presented a performance that made the box sing with a waxing and waning sound and spoken word.