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The Acquisitions Panel

by Fast Familiar

28 Jan 2022-29 Jan 2022

Presented as part of South Street's acclaimed SITELINES programme in association with University of Reading's Film, Television & Theatre Department.

Reading, UK. The local museum is contacted by a woman who has found a musical instrument made out of a biscuit tin in a box of things that belonged to her great-grandfather. The biscuit tin is from the famous Huntley & Palmers factory in Reading - so perhaps the museum might want it? Her great-grandfather came into possession of it in 1905, in Congo. During an expedition during the reign of King Leopold II of Belgium.

The case is referred to a citizen acquisition panel, convened to help the museum make decisions. As part of this panel, you will hear from people with opinions on the object, you’ll discuss with your fellow panel members - and ultimately decide what should happen. Placing you at the heart of the experience, The Acquisitions Panel is an interactive performance by critically-acclaimed immersive experience makers Fast Familiar, exploring how we choose the stories we tell about the past.

Running time: 2 hours
Age guidance: 14 + 

Content warning: this production contains descriptions of European colonial violence.

The Acquisitions Panel has been commissioned in partnership by South Street & University of Reading's Film, Television & Theatre Department with funding from Arts Council England.