InBetween - Accidental Collective

After performing in shop windows for seven hours, after inviting passers-by to have cups of tea in a bandstand, after a ceremony on a beach, ACCIDENTAL COLLECTIVE goes back to a more traditional setting: Four walls. One hour. You. Us. This is a meeting. Face to face.

How much can we get to know each other? How much will be true? How much will be a big fat lie?

InBetween investigates the links, differences, and contradictions between the performers’ lives, bodies, and those of the audience. InBetween subverts and plays with the familiar frameworks of speed dating, the interrogation room and catholic Confessionals. InBetween is an exercise in the unrehearsable, and focuses on what happens in the live event and the meeting between audience and performers.

What does it mean to be here, in front of you, with our bodies, our hopes, our disappointments? Are you voyeurs? Are you collaborators? Or are you backstabbing saboteurs just waiting to see us trip up?

As is characteristic of ACCIDENTAL COLLECTIVE’s unique style, InBetween is not an out-of-the-packet-show that is easily consumed. The company places its audiences in unconventional and unexpected roles. “We are interested in encouraging participation, rather than just spectatorship. We see the audience as our collaborators, they always have an active role in the creation of the piece. It’s a delicate thing. We have to find ways to engage the public that are non-confrontational and allow them to make a personal investment in the work.”; says company member Rick Bolinger.

ACCIDENTAL COLLECTIVE’s aim is to shake up the arts scene in East Kent and the South East. Although the company is only one year old, it has already performed across the region and received funding from by Kent County Council and Canterbury City Council. In the past year ACCIDENTAL COLLECTIVE has toured the South East and London with a participatory cabaret-style show inspired by ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ (Continual Collection, Summer 2006); performed in shop windows around Canterbury city centre for a total of seven hours (The Watching Game, April 2007); and presented community orientated project for Herne Bay Festival which centred on the old pier head, and asked people to write personal messages and cast the out to sea (Pebbles to the Pier, August 2007).