Image: 'Black In Woman The', framed inket print, clock mechanism, engraved trafolyte plaque (All photos Kevin Sykes)

"IT MUST BE TOLD." (AGAIN) 2014
Installation and repeated performance lecture, Enclave Guest Projects, London


A new version of "It Must Be Told." - the PowerPoint lecture written about a long-running West End ghost play, first presented at 4 Days 2013: Curtain Call at Arnolfini Bristol. This time made more elaborate with a series of new props, and set details and an updated version of the talk making reference to a number of new research strategies.

As before, the 1hr unscripted talk is delivered three times in quick succession:

The First Night': 7pm, Friday 23rd May,
The Matinee': 3pm, Saturday 24th May,
The End of The Run': 7pm, Saturday 24th May

Above: Trailer for "It Must Be Told.", shared online and projected onto the gallery wall. Link here


The talk is a candid description of my growing fascination with this particular production that has now run for 25 years, more than 10,000 performances, barely changed, in the same central London theatre.

Structured to replicate the mannered, self-referential, relentlessly repeating nature of the play itself, the talk's focus is on the core theme of the energies and efforts required to retell a story, and the various consequences of doing so.


The talk is built around the building blocks of 64 hi-res scans of the near-identical adverts for the play 'The Woman in Black' at the Fortune Theatre, Covent Garden, that have appeared in the pages of Time Out London listings magazine, collected by me from 2005-2014.

It also includes excerpts from my one-off 2hr acting lesson at RADA; dramatic recitations of footnotes and stage directions; audio of my interview with the original 'Woman in Black' actress; unauthorised photography of the production; frank discussion about the negligable value of the entire project; a big finish where I actually act; and a Q&A with each audience.



The exhibition, which doubled as the set for the talks, was a month-long installation in the Enclave Guest Projects gallery space, coming fully into play for the talks on the last weekend of the exhibition. This set incorporates adaptations of the props from the first version of "It Must Be Told." and also a new set of hand made and found objects that furthered my understanding of the project, including:

+ Slideshow of all 64 scans of Time Out advert pages, fading transitions.

+ A framed, reversed, 5x enlargement of one advert, fitted with clock motor and plaque engraved with play quote.

+ Appropriated photographs from 'The Fans Of The Woman in Black' Facebook page.

+ An approximate scale model of The Fortune Theatre, based only on my knowledge as an audience member:
(i.e. view of the theatre from the street, view from the stalls and circle, Ticket Master seating plans. Model then colour-coded based on my certainty: pink for areas unsure of, yellow for certain, purple for not a clue.)

+ A wooden replica of an imagined backstage piece of metal equipment.

+ Video trailer for the exhibition and talks, playing on a loop in the space.

+ 12x black and white enlargements of sections of advert scans.

+ 22 chairs and calculated seating layout.

+ A custom removable wall sticker of Hermit Crab graphic

+ Nine (or ten) lemons across the floor.




Above: Blown up hi-res scans of Time Out theatre listings pages; 'Black In Woman The' framed kinetic poster; seating markings and lemons on floor.



Above: Model of the Fortune Theatre with lamp and mirror; Time Out scan print and 'Black In Woman The'; seat marking and lemons, 22 stacked chairs, removals blanket curtains.



Above: Estimated model of the Fortune Theatre, set on Mirror, lit with anglepoise lamp.



Above: A3 prints in clip frames of photos appropriated from 'The Fans of the Woman in Black' Facebook page; Enlarged print of hi-res scans of Time Out theatre listings.



Above: Over-printed Lighting Plot, Effects Plot and Property List pages from play script, A4 paper framed with clear and blue stained glass.



Above: Custom removable wall sticker of clip art Hermit Crab illustration, with one of nine (or ten) fresh lemons on gallery floor.



Above: Table display - Preparatory sketch for Fortune theatre estimated model; programmes from two visits to see 'The Woman in Black'; paint test on cardboard; replica of imaginary piece of backstage metal bracketing, made from wood, glue and enamel paint.


Initial promotional image: BatteryPoweredCandleBrassLampGlueGunBasketComicSansMarketingGold- SmallVersion.jpg
Used before the exhibition opened and all works were completed.
Second promotional image:
ComicSansBatteryCandleLampFortuneModelHermitCrabLemonScript
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Used after the exhibition had opened and to promote the talks.