Avid Thompsonistas may recall that earlier this year I made a short piece for Queer Up North and Development Lab at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, called Where You Stand. This was the result of a commission to make a new 20-minute piece in response to the question of what 'queer' might mean right about now.
The piece I made -- sort of a companion-piece to Who You Are, my performance for Tate Modern in March -- was a combination of live commentary (some scripted, some improvised), video (mostly of Jonny, shot last summer and never intended for use in this way!), and still photography by our brilliant and much-loved friend Kier Cooke Sandvik.
As not many people got to see Where You Stand, and many of those who did found it a bit elusive on a single viewing -- and as it had through-running video anyway -- I've now made a video version, with the scripted commentary 'studio'-recorded, and the improvised texts lifted from a live recording of the piece at Contact in Manchester. Aside from that element of live presence (I mostly sat; sometimes I stood barefoot on a piece of real turf -- see, now you can re-enact it to your heart's content), the piece is otherwise identical to the version I performed in Bradford and Manchester.
So, anyway, it's here if you want it:
and there's a very smart and lovely and generous review of the original piece here.
Please note: this video contains blatant footage of a gentleman's unclothed trouser department, gloating references to unorthodox nookie, and language items that would make a salty sailor throw up down himself and a consultant proctologist wash out his ears with carbolic soap. On the whole, it would probably be better to watch this instead.