Final week events | In Case There's a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes

Final week events | In Case There's a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes

In Case There's a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes

Final week

Thursday 6-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm


Elements workshop


Performance: Free Session

Sunday 6 August, 4pm


As a culmination of the performance workshops guided by Anthony Howell, participants will perform a Free Session – an instruction and game-based improvisation – on the last day of the exhibition.


No booking is required.


Please note the final workshop with open participation will take place on Friday 4 August, 2-5pm. Click here for details.



Exhibition tour


Exhibition tour with Jason E. Bowman

Thursday 3 August, 6.30pm


Raven Row will be open on the evening of Thursday 3 August, from 6-9pm, for this First Thursday.


Curator Jason E. Bowman will lead a tour of the exhibition starting at 6.30pm. This event is free however booking is essential as space is very limited.


To reserve your place, please click here.



The Theatre of Mistakes


In Case There's a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes

Until 6 August 2017


Artists’ group The Theatre of Mistakes (1974-81) pioneered a structured performance art traversing architecture, choreography and poetry as well as visual art. They formed in London in the early 1970s from a series of open workshops at which instructional and games-based exercises were the focus. These came to inform The Street (1975), a performance with the residents and environment of Ascham Street in Kentish Town. 

Fiona Templeton and Anthony Howell distilled the performance exercises into a publication, Elements of Performance Art (1976), arguably the first manifesto for performance art in the UK. A core group of six performers (Mickey Greenall, Glenys Johnson, Miranda Payne, Peter Stickland as well as Howell and Templeton) then agreed to produce contained and systematic works for a five-year duration. Later, ‘mistakes’ were explored through a series of trios, duets and solos and Julian Maynard Smith joined the core group.    


The live element in this exhibition commenced on the opening night with a ‘Free Session’ by The Theatre of Mistakes, including early members, Lindsay Moran and Howard Tong. Throughout the exhibition, Anthony Howell runs performance workshops every afternoon, while each Friday and Saturday evening there are performances of Going (1977). Directed by Fiona Templeton, a cast of five play out mannerisms of departure in five tightly choreographed acts, whilst attempting to be each other.


The Theatre of Mistakes logged its working life, practice and processes in detail. The exhibition reveals this unique legacy of documentation and notation, and includes videos, photographs, a great variety of spatial and choreographic notations, as well as diary texts. 


The exhibition is curated by Jason E. Bowman.



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Images from top: Elements of Performance Art workshop at Raven Row, 21 July 2017. Photograph by Mark Blower; Exhibition view, In Case There's a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes. Photograph by Marcus J. Leith; Rehearsal for Homage to Pietro Longhi at Purdies Farm, Hampshire (1976). Photographer unknown. Courtesy of The Theatre of Mistakes.

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