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Hello for Dummies

Concept by Ant Hampton

Text by Glen Neath


Hello for Dummies (2011) is a further development of a project by Ant Hampton and Glen Neath called The Bench (2010).


The audience is split up into pairs of strangers and sent out to sit on a bench together. This journey, and the conversation they find themselves having on the bench (their lines fed to them via headphones), all happens without them ever seeing each other’s face.


What happens when we don't have recourse to the face in our communications? If it's mostly useful as a kind of glue between what we read from someone's voice and body, the face is also sometimes hard to control... and can just as often get us into a sticky mess. In Hello for Dummies, our identities roam free from the tyranny of facial expression: happily unstuck, slightly unhinged                              


Versions of The Bench in English, Dutch (translated as Het Bankje by Carol van Gelder) and Spanish (translated as El Banco by Alan Pauls)


Performances of Hello for Dummies:

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, UK, 21-29 October 2011 lpac.co.uk

ST PAUL St Gallery, 49 St Paul Street, Mail Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 18-21 April 2012 stpauls.aut.ac.nz

Summerworks Performance Festival, Toronto, Canada, 8-18 August 2013 summerworks.ca


Performances of The Bench:

Norfolk and Norwich Festival Norwich, UK, 15,16 May 2010 nnfestival.org.uk

Buda Kortrijk, Belgium, 10,11 July 2010 (Dutch language premiere) budakortrijk.be

Forest Fringe Edinburgh, UK, 9-21 August 2010 forestfringe.co.uk

Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, Netherlands, 19-29 August 2010 (in Dutch) noorderzon.nl

Derby Feste, Derby, UK, 24-26 September 2010 derbyfeste.com

Publics and Counterpublics, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain, 28 October 2010 to 6 March 2011 (Spanish language premiere) caac.es

Vooruit - The Game Is Up Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 14 February to 26 March 2011 (in Dutch) vooruit.be/nl

Fusebox Festival, Austin, Texas, USA, 20 April to 1 May 2011 fuseboxfestival.com 

Inna Space, The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton, UK, 1 May to 30 July 2011 thebrewhouse.net


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Made with support from

Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK)

Derby Feste (UK)  

Fusebox Festival (USA)






Studio support from Paul Bennun / Somethin' Else




































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El Banco in Seville, photo by Ant Hampton

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