House Mother Normal
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A digital installation inspired by BS Johnson's celebrated novel, directed by Tim Crouch.

Friend (if I may call you friend), these are also our friends.

Ron, Rosetta, Ivy, Charlie, Gloria, Sarah, Sioned and George. Under the watchful eye of House Mother, eight residents of the strangest care home recall their pasts and narrate their terrifying present: the twitcher, the song, the Christmas Crackers, the Pass the Parcel, and Ralphies long, probing, red tongue. Nine faces. Nine voices orchestrated into a spoken-word symphony of old age and absurdism.

In the early 1970s, BS Johnson was at the forefront of the English literary avant-garde. Marking its fiftieth anniversary this year, his celebrated novel House Mother Normal is given the equivalent of a digital remastering by Brighton artist and the countrys pre-eminent experimental playwright (The Stage), Tim Crouch.

This filmed is also available to experience as a site specific installation at 6 Dukes Lane, Brighton BN1 1BG.

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