CLOSING UP SHOP
CLOSING UP SHOP was a performance devised to close GENERAL STORE, a two day exhibition where artists Flora Bradwell and Ellie Barrett both displayed and produced new works inside the space.
The performance imagined a shop worker making the announcement that the store would be closing in fifteen minutes, and what they would really like to say over the tannoy. It referenced the show and specific work made by the two artists.
An extract of the script is below.
"15 minutes till the general store CLOSES
I repeat 15 minutes till the general store CLOSES
So please start making your way out
Walking quickly, I don’t want to shout
Because I’ve been working here all day
And I’m tired and my feet hurt
and it’s two weeks till I get paid
I want to take off my work shirt.
So have a look around the store,
But be fast about it
Because when those 15 mins are up
Everybody has to get out quick.
I want to go home and get in the bath,
Or maybe my wife will massage my calves
It doesn’t really matter
I just want to go home
But another person just walked in
I let out a groan
They are asking a question
Something about salt dough
And my colleague is saying
That she doesn’t know
And I know that she does
But she’s just very tired
She is good at her job really
She was personally hired
Another three people just popped in
I can feel my tiredness start to kick in
I’m dreaming of my sofa
And my television
Of my body and the cushions
What a wonderful collision!
But I’m brought crashing back
To the shop from my thoughts
Someone’s queueing for the counter
Thank god, they’ll leave once they’ve bought.
My attention flicks to a guy in the shop
Who is paying attention to a corn on the cob
Just buy it, please! Or out you go
Yes yes, that’s right! It is made from salt dough!
Hey you! Yes you! Over there
You know what it means when I stare
Stop browsing the products,
Buy it or put it down
I grumble under my breath
My face is a frown
It’s only cos I’m tired
I love the general store
It’s loads of fun, there’s good things to buy
It’s a great place to explore.
I walk to a shelf
That’s in disarray
Boob badges left wonky
I see to my dismay.
I tidied this shelf earlier ON
And now it is messy
Someone put it back all wrong.