If you’re lost you can look and you will find me, time after time.
In January 2009, Greg Wohead and his then-partner found themselves in rural Illinois sitting at the kitchen table of an Amish couple, Samuel and Martha Herschberger. Across that table, they attempted to share a conversation across divergent perspectives.
Call it a Day takes that exchange as its source and loops it in a retelling best summed up as a live art Amish ‘Groundhog Day’. Using a mixture of prepared and improvised material as well as meditations on the lyrics of Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time and out-of-context scenes from the Amish-themed crime thriller Witness, starring Harrison Ford, four performers visit that vaguely remembered conversation again. And again and again and again.
Through an almost musical progression of repetitions, one afternoon turns into a strange, kaleidoscopic examination of empathy, assumptions, and the possibility or impossibility of ever really understanding one another.
“In Wohead’s work, making theatre is an attempt to bring people and ideas to life. In a generous, calm performance, Call It a Day demonstrates how hard true understanding – of both oneself and of another – is to achieve.”
Kate Wyver, Exeunt
“Wohead’s sensitive exploration of the way we grasp at understanding and seeing each other truthfully are realised through poetic narration and a disarming approach to form”
Frey Kwa Hawking, The Stage
Call It a Day is currently available for touring.
Crack of Dawn, a durational companion piece to Call It a Day using the same performers, can be programmed in tandem with Call It a Day or on its own. Crack of Dawn takes places from sunrise to sunset against a live responsive soundtrack.
Concept and performance Greg Wohead
Originally realised & performed with Tim Bromage, Mireya Lucio, Amelia Stubberfield
Composing and sound design Maxwell Sterling and Ben Babbitt
Lighting Design Dan Saggars
Lighting Associate Ryan Joseph Stafford
Scene Design Consultant Shannon Scrofano
Production Manager Helen Mugridge
Dramaturgy Season Butler
Producer Laura Sweeney
Photography Paul Blakemore
With thanks to those who have been involved in the development of Call It a Day: Eirini Kartsaki, Ryan Masson, Lisa Dring, Ernie Silva, Mo Faraji, Vera Chok, Hector Dyer, Jesse Saler, Jessica Hanna, Jorge Andrade, José Capela, Vânia Rodrigues
Call It a Day is co-commissioned by Theatre in the Mill, South Street, University of Reading, Chapter and The Yard with additional support from Shoreditch Town Hall. The development was supported by a residency programme with Los Angeles Performance Practice at CAP UCLA and mala voadora’s Dois por Dois residency program supported by Inresidenceporto. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional funding by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
6 April 19 // Call It a Day, Chapter, Cardiff, UK
5 February 19 // The House, Plymouth, UK
29 January – 2 February 19 // The Yard, London, UK
24 January 19 // South Street, Reading, UK