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Search Party vs…
‘This could be an afternoon of sweet agonies and tearful joys.’

Search Party vs is a durational performance in which Search Party challenge the host city/town to a marathon game of table tennis. The performance is situated in public space, and spectators and passers-by are invited to form a team and play against Search Party. The performance is accompanied by a live durational commentary text which creates a real and imagined context for spectators and participants. Modes of behaviour are suggested, the crowd are invited to become fans, to sing, to chant, to wear their heart on their sleeve. As the tournament develops and fatigue sets in, new unexpected narratives materialize, rousing team talks and comfort breaks are needed, home town heroes emerge and the allegiance of each supporter is tested.

Search Party vs borrows the notion of team from sport to examine connections between the personal and the geographic, exploring ideas of community, place and belonging. Search Party vs… aims to attract a diverse audience that is representative of the host city/town creating a temporary community unique to the geographic location of the performance. The event is part of Search Party’s ongoing research into sport and performance. Search Party have already beaten Bristol, Leeds, Kuopio and Barking & Dagenham, drawn against Plymouth and lost to Battersea, Camberwell Derby and Newcastle.

Site-based
Duration: 2-3 days