Way Out West

26 January 2012

Performance Time: 19:30
Venue: Lakeside Theatre
Two men walk into a pub - and then it stops being normal. As the beer flows their conversation spans the creation of the universe, bar snacks, the meaning of happiness and a bizarre shared dream in which they’ve met Laurel and Hardy, and each other, before. An unnerving philosophical and spiritual world opens before them: has that great cinematic comedy duo returned? Way out West is a funny, tender and melancholic new play from the writer of Meeting Joe Strummer and Don’t Shoot the Clowns.
Tickets: Full £10, Concs £7, UoE £5
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Laure Prouvost: The Wanderer (Betty Drunk)

18 Jan 2012 - 23 February 2012

Venue: Art Exchange
Art Exchange presents Laure Prouvost’s The Wanderer (Betty Drunk), a newly commissioned film and installation.  Based on a script by artist Rory Macbeth, who without knowledge of German translated Kafka’s The Metamorphosis into English, Betty Drunk follows characters as they undergo a series of increasingly bizarre experiences, navigating a path through situations in which reality becomes increasingly uncertain.

Laure Prouvost is winner of the Max Mara Art Prize 2011.


Find me out in the country
Saturday 28 January
Venue: Art Exchange and Company Shed Mersea
Time: 1 – 6.30pm
Ticket prices: £5 Concs: £3. Bookings go live Monday 9 Jan 2012.
Lunch not included in price.
Join artist Laure Prouvost for a trip to Mersea’s famous Company Shed for lunch, followed by an afternoon talk and reception to celebrate The Wanderer (Betty Drunk) coming to Art Exchange.
A minibus will take us to Mersea, collecting from Art Exchange and Colchester.

Artist’s Film Choice: L’humanit√©

France/Benoit Dumont/1999/148 mins/Cert 18
Monday 13 February
Doors: 7.00pm Screening: 7.30pm
Venue: Lakeside Theatre
Ticket Prices: Full £5, Concs £3. Bookings go live Monday 9 Jan 2012.

When a girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions investigates the crime, which asks more questions than it answers.

Laure Prouvost in Context

Wednesday 15 February
Venue: Art Exchange
Time: 6.30 – 7.30pm
Admission free, booking essential. Bookings go live Monday 9 Jan 2012.

A chance to watch a selection of Laure Prouvost’s films that brought her to international attention. Stay on for a discussion of this up-and-coming artist over a glass of wine.

Curator’s Lunchtime Tour

Wednesday 22 February
Venue: Art Exchange
Time: 1 – 1.30pm
Admission free, booking essential. Bookings go live Monday 9 Jan 2012.

Come along and find out more about the extraordinary work of artist Laure
Prouvost. Join curator Jess Kenny for a tour of The Wanderer (Betty Drunk).