Excavating THE RENO
The Test dig – 07-10-16
That African-Blue paint, my friends, is the back wall of the Reno. The one our legendary DJ Persian's stage was on. To the left as you stood facing it were the 3 top tables. Our court. Some never got presented. To the right were the knights. If I remember rightly it was a square table. But they never sat down. And when they did we knew there was something wrong. But that is all part of our story.
Beneath the grass on the corner of Moss Lane East and Princess Rd lies a famous Moss Side basement club: The Reno. A civilization, with its own black market, social structure, king and queen, all frustrated artists. Wall-to-wall half-caste as I still prefer, the first born on mass in the 1950s. Stigmatized by the 1930s Fletcher Report: ‘‘Offspring of interracial alliances suffer from inherent physical and mental defects.’ Demolished 1986. Before they build on it next year, we're gonna:
- Collect our video memoirs on this website.
- An online audience comment: impossible on Netflix.
- We'll gather photos and memorabilia, build a memorial wall.
- And populate a global map with our mums, dads, and our birthplace.
- 12-06-17 We’ll excavate the Reno, every screw, battered chair, strip of dance floor, now imbued with our epic story.
- 01-07-17 Stage a romantic, theatrical, art installation in there.
- 03-07-17 In its heart bury a time capsule of the excavation, art installation, and video memoirs films.
- 05-07-17 Seal the Reno back up for people 300 years into the future to find us there.
- November, colonize the Whitworth Art Gallery: every drop of mainstream art obliterated by huge Reno Video Memoirs.
- 2018 Make all collected footage into a documentary.
- 2019 Archive and artifacts will be exhibited in Manchester Museum as a civilization.
First let me tell you why
Excavating The Reno is a new project by Linda Brogan, supported by Contact and Art’s Council England. A further ACE bid is in progress. Her partners are Contact Theatre, Manchester City Council, The University of Salford’s Archeological Department, Manchester Museum, and Nick Hern Books.
Linda Brogan is a multi award-winning playwright.
On attachment at the National Theatre, and Contact Theatre
Produced at Royal Exchange, Royal Court, BBC Radio, Arcola, and Traverse.
Her last play Speechless did a critically acclaimed 4* UK tour.
Her focus: liberation from the constraints of colour, gender and class.
Linda can be contacted at www.theagency.co.uk.