15 seconds... what would you do?

Post date 26 June 2018


Do you love where you live? Come and create your own 15 second video portrait as part of a film celebrating the people of Bristol. You can either be in this film or watch others performing. We are excited to announce that THE DEMOCRATIC SET will be in Netham Park in Barton Hill on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 July.

Democratic Set is a film comprising numerous 15 second video portraits. Created by Australia’s Back to Back Theatre together with the citizens of Bristol, THE DEMOCRATIC SET explores the belief that all people are, equal and should enjoy the same social, political and economic rights and opportunities. Embracing this philosophy, Back to Back invites everyone and anyone in Bristol into the democratic set to perform to camera.

You are invited to spend 20 minutes with the company in their purpose-built set in Netham Park. Together we will explore the grand ideals of equality and freedom.

  • The topic of the film is ‘We Are Bristol’
  • The content THE DEMOCRATIC SET is open to your personal responses. This could include solos, duets and group performances, using movement, sound, costumes and props of any kind - you choose. Alternatively you could simply stand in the set totally still and say nothing. Contributions are neither restricted nor censored.
  • To book your slot It is free to participate, either sign up up online by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RQBBNBY, or call Up Our Street on 0117 954 2834 and we’ll help you book a time to participate.
  • How long it takes Spots are allocated as follows: 20 minutes for 1 person, 20 minutes for 2-5 people or 40 minutes for a group of 15 people. So please be aware that minimum time commitment is 20 minutes not 15 seconds! If you can, we encourage you to come 20 minutes before your appointment, to observe what others are doing, before you give it a try.

We are proud to host Back to Back Theatre in Bristol. They are one of Australia’s leading contemporary theatre companies with an original, distinctive artistic voice and a working process that supports its ensemble of actors with intellectual disabilities as its creative core.

“Occasionally [the Democratic Set is] like a dream sequence in a David Lynch film, disturbing, unstoppable…..But mostly it’s full of hope and laughter, a feeling very much helped by the wide demographic of its contributors.” – Realtime Magazine

The video portraits will be edited together into a film to be premiered in February 2019.

The Democratic Set is the launch of We Are Bristol a three-year programme across Bristol’s neighbourhoods. We Are Bristol will bring together citizens from across our city together to collaborate and create exceptional new artistic work alongside city-wide debates.

This project is funded by Bristol City Council culture team, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries.