I am writing up fishproductions’ week-long durational performance event The Family Outing Caravan Holiday in which the company members (myself, Sally Mann, John Lee and Jane Watson) lived as a family in a caravan on a rural campsite near the village of Sherfield English, Hampshire, from July 23rd – 30th 2000.
Created by my performance company fishproductions, in collaboration with ‘Pazaaz’ Street Arts Festival for Test Valley Borough Council the project took place during the ‘Year of the Artist’ which ran from June 2000 until May 2001, and was funded by the ‘Arts for Everyone’ under the auspices of the Arts Council. Its intention was that the artists would work in unusual spaces, ‘… from bus stations to shopping centres, from prisons to pubs’ (Southern Arts, 2000).
This meshed with fishproductions’ overarching aim to make performances in non-theatre spaces which responded to the site in which they were performed. Vital to the play with space was that we had a webcam in the caravan which filmed us throughout the week.
Footage was uploaded to the Internet so that virtual audiences could interact with the performers, creating a virtual environment that meshed with the live space, visiting audiences and the other campers.