Acorn (2021) is a new moving image work taking its inspiration from the world and characters in Octavia Butler’s prescient science fiction novel Parable of The Talents. The film utilises the ‘world’ of Parable of the Talents, its conditions and characters to develop new narratives and meanings. Drawing on tools from the methodology of ‘playworlds’ in which imaginary spaces for improvisation and exchange are created, Acorn is a unique work of ‘event-cinema’, maintaining the liveness of a theatre production through participants’ emotional focus in real time.
Acorn was devised and performed by Switchers, a theatre/film group and collaborative framework composed of a network of young people from London and Mid Powys, Wales. Its members are Jamie Baker, Merlyn Hawthorne, Ellis Holt, Ruth Oshunkoya, Prince Owusu, Mary Yekini and Caitlin Williams. It was directed by Emanuel Almborg the group’s facilitator and filmed in Mid Powys, Wales and at Chats Palace, Hackney, London.
10 July – 14 August 2021; Thu – Sat 12-5pm
Opening: Saturday 10 July, 5 – 8pm with a performance by Switchers
LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, Waterlow Park, Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19 5JF