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Chris Goode

Selected texts for performance 1995-2009

"One of the most exciting talents working in Britain today."

"For those in the know, shows by Chris Goode are perhaps as eagerly anticipated as new work from Tom Stoppard is by more mainstream audiences."

The History of Airports brings together for the first time writings for performance from across the whole span of Chris Goode's work. Extracts from his critically acclaimed theatre works, and stand-alone texts of a more fugitive nature, sit alongside examples of his dazzling late modernist poetry and a handful of pieces that seem to defy classification entirely. Many of these texts have never before been available in print.

Chris Goode's work as, variously, writer, director, deviser, performer and sound artist has been seen in venues ranging from experimental spaces such as Camden People's Theatre (of which he was artistic director 2001-04) to Sydney Opera House: as well as, quite frequently, in audiences' own homes. As a poet he has published three chapbooks with Barque Press, and read widely. He is an Artsadmin associate artist, and was formerly an associate researcher at Rose Bruford College. He blogs at Thompson's Bank of Communicable Desire.

Paperback 234x156mm: 228pp
Publication date: November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9563706-0-0

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Before there were hoodies - but after there were tender buttons - there was COAT. Early in this millennium the COAT boys developed a cult following on the London experimental scene with their barely scrutable blend of spoken (and unspoken) word, cheap plinkity sounds, baleful noise, convulsive improvibrations and subliminal wind-farming.

Their only album (to date), copy of compiles a bogglesome variety of COAT's home recordings made between 1994-2000, including sound tracks from early theatre works by Chris Goode (COAT's Lowe to the Tennant of fellow performance-causer Jeremy Hardingham). Here are self-mangling tales of oceanic explorers, furniture-resembling women, immolated movie stars, and piles and piles of animatronic rubbish. Here are whistle-friendly tunes, obnoxious ululations, prototypical ringtones and, on one track, a worrying lo-fi mashup of Gary Numan, Guns 'n' Roses and Mozart.

Get your COAT: you've pulled.

Written and performed by COAT:
Jeremy Hardingham - voice, dictaphone, objects
Chris Goode - voice, keyboards, piano, samples, loops, radio, dictaphone, omnichord, BlonkOrgan, toys, objects
Anna Homler - voice, toys, objects (on 'The Aquarium of Coincidences')
Rajni Shah - dictaphone (on 'Copy Of'), voice (on 'Spirit Level')
Special guest vocals on 'Copy Of' by the photocopier at Chisenhale Dance Space

CD / mp3 256 kbps (20 tracks, 72 mins)
Originally released: September 2000

COAT performing at Baggage Reclaim, the 12 Bar Club, London, spring 2000







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