(A way of living)
“When is it home, when the building is not yours and choice is taken away?
When starting over, changing what was brings the promise of a better life?
When there has to be more to it than them and us… there has to be!”
Modus Vivendi, is a darkly humorous play about 6 women, 6 pals and their relationships. Through sharing their dreams, hopes, fears and their way of living, we learn how people and place has a huge impact on their lives.
Modus Vivendi was a verbatim theatre production that explored social housing and the wider real life experiences of these women.
This performance highlighted a real sense of urgency of their current here and now, the the actions that must be takes to support their present circumstances.
“The audience was made up of people in positions of local government, service providers and local community members. They were invited to join the women for cuppa and a slice of cake and participate in a dialogue about what they can do right now to effect the change needed for a fairer society and their responses were very encouraging.”
Jo Ross Playwright.
// COMPANY: Inverkeithing Community Initiative
// CAST & 'WRITERS': Inverkeithing Community Initiative
// DIRECTOR: Clara Bloomfield
// SCRIPT EDITOR: Jo Ross
// Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
// Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Hall Dunfermline, Fife
// Inverkeithing Community Centre, Fife
This was the third verbatim performance from Inverkeithing Community Initiative, Clara Bloomfield (Tiny Fragments) and Fife Council CLD - A collective made up of community members (non actors/ adult learners) from South West Fife, a Theatre Maker (Clara) and a Fife Council Community Learning and Development Practitioner and writer (Jo), who collaborates with these women in their own community to use theatre as a vehicle for political activism to effect social change at local and national levels.
Over the last three years this collective have taken their previous theatre performances (Sole Searching and Can you hear us?) to the local community, Local Government and the Scottish Parliament to highlight what it is like living in poverty and to lobby for greater support for families like themselves to gain better access to services and information to aid their daily living.
Clara Bloomfield, “In using theatre as a form of advocacy it is an immediate and effective method to convey the world in which these women and countless individuals like them live.”