BENCHED by Tink Flaherty
"Sitting side by side with a stranger always makes me feel at ease, a feeling that I often struggle to achieve as an autistic person trying to connect in a neuro-typical world.”
BENCHED is an intimate performance about fleeting relationships with unlikely people in unlikely places. It's about a search for spontaneous connection in a world that has us turning away from each other.
For the last three years Tink has taken their small wooden bench to parks, bus stations, markets and city centre high streets, enabling anyone walking by the opportunity to sit down and pass by the time of day.
17 - 18 September (+ 8 October - Industry Only)
Golden Lane Community Centre
Golden Lane Estate, London, EC1Y 0RN
There are showings on the 17 -18 September at various times.
This performance is for an audience of 6 people at a time so there are limited places.
Please use the link for booking a slot:https://www.outsavvy.com/event/6880/benched
There is a £5 fee which will go towards the Golden Lane community food bank.
Using their unique brand of transgentle story telling - embracing tangents, interruptions and distractions, Tink shares unexpected narratives of intimacy and distance with the audience, weaving tales of momentary friendships with complete strangers alongside personal recollections from people who they have known all their life.
Supported by Arts council England, Home Live Art, CLAY and HAB
Susanne Dietz - Artist/ Film Maker
Rosana Cade - Director/ Dramaturg
Catherine Hoffmann - Production support
Katy Baird - Project Assistant
I am a neurodivergent artist making intimate, provocative work exploring disability, class, connectivity and radical inclusivity. I work part time as a mental health and capacity advocate. I initially developed my artistic practice through The Butch Monologues exploring different aspects of queer lived experience. For the last 6 years I have contributed stories and have performed at The Southbank Centre, Queen Mary University, BFI, RVT and Latitude Festival. In the past year I was commissioned by Home Live Art, Cambridge Junction, Trinity Centre Bristol, Live Art Development Agency, FilmPro with Disability Arts Online and Proforma.
The performance will last around 40 minutes and there will be a further 20 mins allocated to a structured feedback session from the audience.