#sorethumbsswansea (3) Re-framing binge-drinking as ‘calculated hedonism’ #swansea #29

Toast one side of a slice of white bread..

Do YOU need new strategies for getting lost in YOUR home town?
Letting helium balloons get caught up in the breeze and lead you down streets works quite well…

Cover the untoasted side with cheese and a pinch of salt and pop under the grill… 

Chugging in the Quadrant on behalf of the BGF (British Grief Foundation)
‘You’re not allowed to film in ‘ere, Sir…’
‘But… it’s what he would have wanted…’,

How much salt is in the human body?
‘I’ll google it…’
What are the coins on his eyes for?
‘I think it’s electronic dance music…’

Live Text, Recorded Text, Written Text, Found Text

Now, reduce an unopened pack of cheese and onion crisps in a BLUE PACKET to a fine flavorsome beige dust, using only your forehead and the wall…

Considering the benefits of transforming into a character that can jump between worlds.
Re-framing binge-drinking as ‘calculated hedonism’.

…beat for 30 minutes…make sure you don’t spill any…

Old Text, New Text, Borrowed Text, Blue Text

‘So, how many eye-coins does it take to balance out the bad karma from kicking a dog?’
(You can get 25p off your coffee if you bring a re-usable mug!)
‘Only you know how much your soul’s worth, mate…’
(I’m feeling relieved I didn’t lose mine yesterday,
And only left it in the Reverend James Pub,
Which means we’ll have to go back
On the 111 bus to Loughor
To retrieve it).

Pour the broken crisps into your mouth, chew for 1 minute, then spit the crisp paste onto the TOASTED SIDE OF THE BREAD ONLY! 
(don’t give up in despair just because you’ve got this bit wrong in the past…)

From Text, to Instruction, to Action, to Image.

Eating raw jelly isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be, but it is very good at climbing up walls.
Real life sweets vs grief sweets = less photographs.

Cover and bake for 1.5hrs at 5,505 °C for 29 years.

Please feel free
To eat the sweets
And feed the birds

Serve warm decorated with lemon, cherries and walnuts.

Calories 296 Sodium 550 mg
Total Fat 16 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 9 g Total Carbs 30 g
Polyunsaturated 7 g Dietary Fiber 2 g
Monounsaturated 1 g Sugars 2 g
Trans 0 g Protein 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your whether you’re dead or not.



#sorethumbsswansea “But will I stand out like a Sore Thumb?”


I’m Steve,  a performer and theatre maker based in Swansea. In January 2018 I will be working on an Arts Council Wales research project to develop a new piece of work, Sore Thumbs, with the mentor-ship of Leeds-based performance maker and artist Ellie Harrison

Sore Thumbs is a project about connecting research, memory and performances to place in order to unlock and encourage conversations and pockets of experience linked to the human experience of death and grief.

Stemming from personal experience of death and grief, my ultimate aim is to develop new, engaging, fun & participatory works which offer opportunities for myself and audiences to share, evoke and celebrate the memories of their loved ones.

‘’But will I stand out like a Sore Thumb?”

This was a question asked by Joanna Bond, who, as part of her performance at THE END IS BY YUR conducted a meditative pilgrimage through the streets of Swansea dressed as a train in memory of a decommissioned railway.

My answer was “Yes, but we’re all Sore Thumbs here”.

Mourning should be as unique and creative as the people and places we miss and remember;  they should be celebrations of the potential those people and places held within them and a joyful continuation of their energy and influence in our lives. Sore Thumbs hurt, sticking out bright and bold amongst the other digits. They are a reminder and an acknowledgement that every other fleshy appendage is susceptible and vulnerable to life’s hammer.

Sore Thumbs is my attempt to experience, remap and encourage a use of public space which is full of life, unpredictability and play, and provide an alternative to what can be expected from the everyday.

The Sore Thumbs R&D will run in Swansea between the 15th and 26th of January. These posts will be a mixture of working notebook and diary, with images, sounds, video, questions and thoughts about how the project is developing. It’d be great if you could find the time to read, listen, watch, get in touch or get involved. I hope that they offer a little insight into the process.

Best Wishes, Stephen Donnelly.