Multiple ceiling lamps light the stage. A white line defines a rectangular playing area. A performer enters, walks around and stops. This becomes a position that all the performers adopt.
Other positions are established in the same way. A pose or stance is attributed to each position and eventually the position acquires a name. Twelve characters holding static poses are created in this way; any of the performers can play any of the characters by sitting or standing in their place. A conversation begins between the twelve characters. The performers run from one ‘character’ to another, trying to to keep up the conversation. The conversation itself is not significant, but has to be maintained to preserve the identity and life of the named characters.
The characters are defined by their position so they cannot move. The static picture is maintained by the three performers running from place to place.
The performers are now given objects to hold. The characters show them like symbols in emblematic pictures of saints. The characters can now move but cannot give up their objects.
Originally performed by Gary Stevens and Caroline Wilkinson. Developed for three performers with Andrew Davenport and later with Neale Goodrum. Technical support and assistance by Beth Hardisty.