The Killers is a live binaural sound work performed at The Regent seaside diner in Weston-super-Mare. Sat in the diner, the audience wear headphones and watch as the audio is constructed; eavesdropping on conversations; tracking the flight of a wayward fly; hearing in real time the countdown to an assassination.
The work draws on adaptations of Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1927) which tells the story of two assassins as they arrive at a diner, thirty minutes before a killing. The men order two fish suppers and discuss methods of execution: a radio plays Cyndi Lauper over and over again in the kitchen; inexplicable deliveries of novelty objects are made to the tables; a diner band tunes up in the corner; the half-hour counts down.
The Killers is a quiet speculation on how the vinyl booths, coffee counters and cherry pie of British diners carry approximations of American culture, and what happens when you get off the train at the seaside and reach the end of the line.
Your ticket for The Killers includes a £5 food voucher to redeem at The Regent. Arrive for 7pm to eat, before the show starts at 8pm. We can recommend the chips and curry sauce with a glass of fizzy Vimto.
Richard Allen makes performance works with theatrical props, stage hardware, novelty items, instruments and machines, that play with how narratives and animations are formed between objects and spectators. He has presented work at the National Review of Live Art (Glasgow), Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff) and Kunstverein am Rosa–Luxemburg–Platz (Berlin). You might remember Richard from 2012's Garage Band, and as one of MAYK’S SENSE commissions in 2013.
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“Weird and wonderful... it will make you laugh at the same time as shaking your head in disbelief.”
Three Weeks on Richard Allen's The Lightning Conductor
“..deeply thoughtful, yet also pleasingly shallow, @richobject's Garage Band was the ideal finish to a buzzing @mayfestbristol”
Phil Gibby, South West Area Director, Arts Council England