Melanie Wilson

A Small Town Anywhere

'A Small Town Anywhere' is a piece made by agents of adventure, Coney. It is a play without performers - just a playing audience. A fully interactive artwork, Small Town mixes dramaturgy and gaming mechanics, offers open play within resonant narrative, and ways for an audience to use participatory media to enrich and become a co-author of their experiences.

Coney include Le Corbeau - the 1943 film by "the French Hitchcock", Henri-Georges Clouzot - among their jumping-off points. Each Small Town brings a disparate group of participants together to explore what happens - what's at stake - when they become a community. "Take a hat and a badge, become a citizen...love, wealth and power might all be yours if you choose to pursue them. Or take the quiet life, pottering in the shadows and looking out for gossip, perhaps writing a letter or two. Surely nobody here knows that filthy secret you've been hiding?

Melanie worked with Coney on this project as a co-deviser, specializing in sound design and performing as the voice of the Town Crier. 'A Small Town Anywhere' is a BAC commission and was also developed at the National Theatre Studio. The piece was premiered at BAC in October 2009 and will be touring the U.K in 2010.