Box Story

Box Story
Box Story

(publicity image), Bobby Baker, 2001. Photo by Andrew Whittuck

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Box Story
Box Story

Bobby Baker, BITE, Barbican, London, 2004. Photo by Andrew Whittuck

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Box Story
Box Story

Bobby Baker, BITE, Barbican, London, 2004. Photo by Andrew Whittuck

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Box Story
Box Story

(publicity image), Bobby Baker, 2001. Photo by Andrew Whittuck

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Bobby Baker live production made in collaboration with Polona Boloh Brown


60 minutes

Commissioned by LIFT Festival 2001 in association with Warwick Arts Centre for St Luke’s Church, Holloway, London



Remembering Pandora (from Greek mythology), Bobby Baker opened one giant box to reveal ten others – containing foodstuffs and household products. She presented these one at a time, telling true stories from her life which connected to the contents of each box. The stories were all about misfortunes – some insignificant, some catastrophic. They were recalled in chronological order and accompanied by commentaries sung by a choir of nine singers, with music composed by Jocelyn Pook.


Credits

Co-director: Polona Boloh Brown

Composer: Jocelyn Pook

Original Choir: Jeremy Avis, Harvey Brough, Jacquelyn Dankworth, Sianed Jones, Melanie Peppenheim, Tony Purves, Kim Scrivener, Brooke Shelley and Belinda Sykes.

Film: Deborah May and Jess Baynes

Commissioner: LIFT ’01 and Warwick Arts Centre


Daily Life Ltd. & Arts Admin Production

Box Story was funded by Arts Council England


Box Story is the final work in the ‘Daily Life Series’ which comprise five performances that span the decade between 1991 to 2001. Other works include: Kitchen Show (1991), How to Shop (1993), Take a Peek! (1995), and Grown-up School (1999).

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