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Lyn Gardner – The Guardian
“what Early Days does is remind us that we, and not just the politicians, are all accountable for our future. Never mind Russell Brand interviews, get the politicos to take Coney's Early Days challenge.”
Mary Brennan – The Herald
Early Days (of a better nation) was a piece of interactive theatre for a playing audience, explores the possibilities of nationhood and democracy. It drew inspiration from the 2011 England riots, Arab Spring, Iceland’s crowd-sourced constitution and the rise (and fall) of Occupy.
Situated in a fictional nation where the war is over and the nation lies in ruins. Audiences build the beginnings of a new country. Each night their choices, ideas and debates resulted in a unique new nation.
Early Days (of a better nation) has been developed in iterative stages with audiences, academics from both King’s College and Warwick University, artists, game designers, MPs, activists, students at Birkbeck University, Stichting Doen (NL), many theatres and UK Parliament. It toured the UK
Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales and Battersea Arts Centre
Production development supported by Cultural Institute at KCL and Stichting Doen (NL)
Funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Unity Theatre Trust
Supported by Ovalhouse
Produced by Coney