Dialogue at BAC
One of the things the BAC producers asked Dialogue to do in advance of our residency was think about ways of integrating people who use the building as a community centre – for yoga classes, say, or life-drawing sessions, or to take their children to the Bee's Knees playspace – with the theatre-makers and -goers who otherwise fill it.

One idea we had was to create a treasure hunt for the children and their carers, which would start at Bee's Knees and lead them around the building, to enticing places they may not have noticed on previous visits such as The Door To Nowhere In Particular, and introduce them to its residents along the way. We quickly learned that artists already preoccupied by the attempt to make new work, preparing for Scratch showings, or performing each night, will struggle to find the time to create anything additional for a somewhat scatterbrained project. The treasure hunt floundered.

However, three people were kind enough to offer a contribution, for which we extend heartfelt thanks. Sayraphim Lothian crocheted the front of the BAC building as a set of granny squares, Peter McMaster wrote a poem, and Andy Field gave us this:

This is a town hall
Or was a town hall
Where Real Decisions were once made
Like milk bottles
People came here to box
with old gloves and mouthguards
where now there are stage deaths and pratfalls
I have been here for
Two marriages
They said they did
And the words
Changed things
I have lied to you in this building
And I have been lied to
And outside there have been fires
And I have whispered to you about other fires
And smashed windows
And we dreamt of revolution
As if it was a fact as real
As the chip shop on the corner
We kissed amongst the rioters
In the hidden corridors
of a fake Victorian townhouse
White masks
And memories of other struggles
mouth guards covered in stillwet spit
And we say
We can't be sure what's real any more
In this old town hall we no longer make
Real Decisions
And political theatre never really changed anything
but we still breathe together

- Andy Field

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