south cumburgh green

a place you might have been

South Cumburgh Green 
Is a place you might have been
It has 5.7 intersecting central streets
An M&S, Tesco, and Lidl selling cheap continental meats
We used to have a Woolworths, but now it’s a Poundland
There’s 7.6 dentists and a bypass is in demand
Cumburgh Park has a monument to local hero David Lees
And the county court central reservation has only 3.4 trees
There’s the site of a medieval abbey that looks like a few rocks
Down the high-street used to be Moira Smythe’s “Posh Frocks”
A 35,000 square foot mall, with 214 parking space
Where an average shopper’s parked time is 2.5 hours in each place
The median, the midpoint, the norm, the mean
All reside in here, in South Cumburgh Green

first developed at City Moves Aberdeen, July 2013

here's some pictures of our findings [Photographed by James Wilson [Photographed by Sid Scott]

writer, director, original concept: drew taylor
choreographer: jack webb
producer: jana robert for compound 
assistant direction: lucy wild
costume design: kat smith
developed in association with city moves aberdeen
supported by creative scotland 


katie armstrong
robbie gordon
nicole guarino
scott houston
olivia knowles
camille marmie
courtney robertson
gayle telfer-stevens 

South Cumburgh Green is an urgent piece of theatre, athletically delivered to an audience of now, exploring 21st century British living. A multidisciplinary performance with an ensemble cast, the work will examine a  culture of blame: from displacement of love via the internet, to no win no fee claiming sprees, rioting students, banker’s bearing the brunt, media influence and simply just, trying to blame it all... on someone... else.

Using a cast of performers all with varied physical and verbal disciplines [all of whom can dance and deliver text] we will create a community, an average British suburb of an average British town – creating an allegory of modern life. Statistics from recent census figures will be used to create specifics of the physical and social landscape of the town and its inhabitants. 


We did a SECOND development phase, funded by Creative Scotland, CityMoves Aberdeen and Dance House Glasgow... details of which can be found here: