‘COMMONISM’ performance to land in Preston

Posted on - 30th October, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News, University campus, What's On in Preston
Pic. Graeme Braidwood
Pic. Graeme Braidwood

Two British and Norwegian artists have collaborated to bring new show COMMONISM to Preston.


The performed conversation is a meeting of two people from different countries in search of some common ground, asking questions about nationality, internationality, theatre and politics.

The show stars Andy Smith from Lancashire, and Amund Sjølie Sveen from Norway, in their second collaboration.

The duo have known each other for 15 years with their first collaboration Hvor er du? (English: Where are you?) in 2008.

Andy is a theatre maker whose work includes the plays Summit, The Preston Bill as well as being a lecturer in Theatre Practise at the University of Manchester, while Amund Sjølie Sveen is an artist and percussionist who also works with members of the Norwegian music trio SLAGR.

COMMONISM looks to investigate nationality and internationality, capitalism and democracy, future and hope, and the need for change – and will discuss who we are and who we could be in the times we live in.

Andy Smith and Amund Sjølie Sveen

The duo said: “We have written a narrative of power for the mostly white, mostly male – led, hierarchical and patriarchal societies in which we live.

“We need to dismantle them. We are all involved in the discrimination.”

The performance is part of the DERELICT group, Preston’s primary producers of contemporary theatre and live performance.

Read more: One night of Mischief is coming to five venues in Preston and South Ribble

The show will be in UCLan’s Media Factory on Friday 1 November with tickets costing £12 (£9 for concessions).

To book tickets visit the DERELICT website.

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