An encounter between one adult audience member and one child performer, high up overlooking the town…
On 10 & 11 June, Bedford Creative Arts brought Lookout, an artwork by Andy Field, to Bedford for a unique contemplation on the future of our town.
Created in collaboration with local children from Shortstown Primary School, Lookout was a one-to-one encounter between one adult audience member and one child performer taking place high up, in Bedford College, overlooking Bedford’s skyline.
Together performer and audience member looked out over the town and imagined its future. The conversation shared was a quiet journey through the past, present and future guided by the streets and landmarks laid out before them. Through dreams of utopian architecture and possible catastrophes, hopes and fears, future fashions, proposed demolitions and progress real and imagined, they explore two very different versions of the town they both inhabit.
Lookout is an attempt to consider big questions in a small way. Developed through a series of workshops with local school children, each new version of the piece is unique to the town or city it is created in and the people who call that place home. For Bedford, Andy T Field worked with school children from Shortstown Primary School, Bedford, to bring you their ideas about Bedford and its future through the eyes of a child.
To listen to the young people from Shortstown Primary School share their ideas about Bedford’s future, take a look at Andy T Field’s online Lookout archive of future cities from across the world. Other towns and cities include London, Manchester and Cairo.
‘It’s beautiful to just look out, then when someone appears next to you, half your height, a third of your age, but a fully formed thing Human Being who has reflected on their surroundings… it was great to hear.’
Audience Member at Lookout, Bedford
‘I thought Lookout was an enjoyable experience and a fantastic opportunity to meet new people.’
Lookout Participant from Shortstown Primary School, Bedford
‘small, simple but hugely evocative’
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, on Motor Vehicle Sundown.
Created by Andy Field
Music and Sound Design by Tom Parkinson
Produced by Beckie Darlington
Dramaturgy by Sibylle Peters
Photos courtesy of Cat Lane
Illustration by Simon Abbott
Commissioned for Bedford by Bedford Creative Arts.
Originally commissioned by The Arches and the Unicorn Theatre.
Supported by Arts Council England and the Gale Family Trust.