Still from Little Chief TV Advert (1982). Research material for The Killers.
*Currently in development*, The Killers will be a site-specific performance in a disused Little Chef. Two contract killers arrive at the restaurant an hour before an assassination. They take a seat and order two Little Chef Early Starters. They eat, talk and plan. The sound and images fade in and out. The hour counts down.
The audience will sit outside looking onto the scene through a long external window. They will sit in a sound envelope through which all the actions and sounds inside are mediated. Objects appear and disappear as the Little Chef is used as a temporary storeroom for all manner things: a delivery of plastic garden flamingos and foam bricks, slippers and indigestion tablets. Time contracts and expands as the uses of the space become confused. It draws on the places, people and objects that occupy the spaces between the so-called ‘events’ of life, considering awkward British approximations of American culture and moments of waiting until it is time to leave. It is based on Ernest Hemmingway’s 1927 short story of the same name. I have written a blog post about the project development here.