Ness

Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021

Ness

Ness is an immersive, 360 audio work, GPS located in the landscape at the ex-MOD site at Gunners Park, Shoeburyness. 

Writer Robert Macfarlane, theatre-maker Zoë Svendsen and sound designer Carolyn Downing have collaborated to stage a re-imagining of Robert’s book, Ness (Hamish Hamilton, 2019) written in collaboration with the artist Stanley Donwood.  

The sonic, theatre work is experienced through headphones and invites audiences to listen to the landscape reveal its past, as we witness the physical remnants of that history being reclaimed by nature.

The work is designed as a solitary experience, with all the equipment to experience the work fully provided.

Preview performances are now available to book for Saturday 29 / Sunday 30 and Monday 31 May, from 2pm. 

Performances continue every Wednesday to Sunday from 12:20 until 16:40 -  until 13 June 2021.

Please arrive 5 minutes before your timed slot.

BOOK your free tickets HERE




Information for visitors:

Please be aware that the work involves standing and/or walking across a site (that is around 450 metres in length), which is a combination of tarmac paths and grassy slopes, standing or walking for around 50 minutes.

Before you come:

  • Book your timed visit. Tickets are FREE, but limited.
  • Tell us if you have any access requirements
  • The weather can be changeable: bring waterproofs and an umbrella
  • If for any reason you are unable to use your ticket, please cancel your ticket on eventbrite, as this gives us the best chance of enabling someone else to see it
On site
  • Please arrive at our Estuary 2021 hub (map link here) at least 5 minutes before your timed slot on your ticket. 
  • Our staff will give you a short introduction.
  • You will be able to leave your bag with us so you can enjoy the work unencumbered

Photo: Ness, Mark Massey for Estuary 2021


IT - Amanda Lawrence
SHE - Naana Agyei-Ampadu
HE -Zubin Varla
THEY - Joy Richardson
AS - All
ENGINEER - Esh Alladi
PHYSICIST - Milo Harries
BOTANIST - Ellie Kendrick
ORNITHOLOGIST - Jack Bardoe

App development: Soda

Estuary 2021 and the artists have worked in close partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

When

Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021

Where

Estuary 2021 Info Hub, near Cart & Wagon Shed, Gunners Park
Southend on Sea
SS3 9QB

Travel

Nearest railway station Shoeburyness (C2C).

Access

Please be aware that the work involves standing and/or walking across a site (that is around 450m in length), which is a combination of tarmac paths and grassy slopes, standing or walking for around 50 minutes.

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