ASSEMBLED: Performance & Polling Booth of the Future

Join Allianz Foundation Fellow Love Ssega for ASSEMBLED, an immersive promenade performance developed in collaboration with Good Chance Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, premiering on July 5th and 6th, 2024, at the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

June 24, 2024

© Love Ssega

“There’s power in art to unite, so let’s use our town squares like theatres, from Stratford-Upon-Avon to Strasbourg to Sofia. Let’s make banners, anthems, converse and build together, so our futures can be ASSEMBLED.”
Love Ssega

The Performance

ASSEMBLED marks a centerpiece of CONFERENCE, a weekend devoted to exploring and expanding upon themes from the highly anticipated production, Kyoto, by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, under the direction of Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin. This site-specific project unfolds across multiple venues at RSC's Stratford-Upon-Avon sites, starting at The Swan Theatre and culminating in a live performance at The Other Place. Love Ssega's innovative approach reinterprets the historic roles of the 'Town Crier' and 'Griot', provoking contemplation on the contemporary significance of public unity and assembly.

The Polling Booth of the Future

In collaboration with artist Thor McIntyre-Burnie, the Allianz Foundation and its research team, ASSEMBLED introduces the Polling Booth of the Future. Inspired by Love Ssega’s arts activism and collective action initiatives with organizations like Hard Art and his own LIVE+ BREATHE clean air campaign, the pop-up booth invites participants to anonymously vote on the future of democracy.

The installation gives RSC audiences and visitors the opportunity to an ‘alternative’ vote, answering questions on what our democracy should look like. These booths will capture our hopes, aspirations and dreams for the future, and help us to see areas of shared perspective, disagreement and agreement.