Arts & Media Graduate Programme: Awkward Turtle Flips the Bird
Terry Victor’s practice-led research talk will focus on his Awkward Turtle Flips the Bird, a multi-media exploration of gestural slang as immersive theatre and gallery installation: physical-verbatim theatre, by turns playful, dark, romantic, surprising and dangerous, blending live action with documentary visuals. The Awkward Turtle Flips the Bird project is conceived and directed by Terry Victor with choreography by Rob McNeill. Hundreds of everyday gestures, familiar and fanciful, dance through their fractured narratives. This is thought to be the first time anyone has ever attempted to stage a dictionary, and doing so presents a number of interesting challenges. The notion of staging some form of dictionary has challenged our Artistic Director for a number of years. The two main threads in his professional life are creative performance and slang linguistics - the gestural vocabulary of slang is where they meet and the sparks fly.
Terry Victor is a playwright, storyteller, comedy sketch writer, short story and article writer plus dictionary compiler. He combines writing with a career as an actor and performer. He has scripted numerous "murder mystery" events. Terry’s New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English was published with Routledge in 2005. Further titles are contracted to follow. He is a regular contributor to the BBC as lexicographer, book reviewer and raconteur.