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  For more information about this three-year project, visit the Nest website, here. Information about Nest is also available in this book
CUCKOOS IN THE NEST: Performing Place, Artists and Excess, published in Applied Theatre Research, written with Professor Sally Mackey (ISSN: 20493010)

Nest was the culmination of a long-term artistic and pedagogic engagement with the staff, parents, children and governors of Briscoe Primary School and Nursery in Basildon.

Commissioned and funded by Creative Partnerships, Thames Gateway, Nest became a performance promenade held on Sunday 24th February 2008, involving a cross-section of the school community, including both adults and children, performing in spaces around the school.

For example, one classroom looked like a bomb had literally hit it, with upturned tables and a dilapidated Anderson shelter containing recorded voices of children describing the moment their own lives had been hit by a bombshell.

As the Lead Artist and Director of Nest, Sarah Cole worked in close collaboration with artists Mark Storor, Julian Walker, Siobhan O'Neill, Rachel Anderson, Jules Maxwell and Helen Lowe to support the school in making this work.

Photographs of the performance can be seen here alongside its illustrated documentation, made for the published Nest book by Talya Baldwin.

This book has also been used as improvisation material for students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama under the tutorage of Sally Mackey.

In the development of the above book, Sarah Cole and Sally Mackey presented a paper, CUCKOOS IN THE NEST, at the Living Landscape conference in Aberystwyth in June 2009.



Nest, photographic performance documentation photographs by Andrew Whittuck, Kevin Dutton and Sarah Cole, 2008
Nest, illustrated documentation by Talya Baldwin. ISBN 978-0-7287-1409-3