september, 2016

24sep(sep 24)11:00 am25(sep 25)11:00 amImpromptu : LOW PROFILEInstallation11:00 am - 7:00 pm (25) Plymouth Athenaeum, Plymouth Athenaeum, Derrys Cross, Plymouth, PL1 2SWEvent Type 2:Plymouth Athenaeum Event TagsAthanaeum,Freddie,Impromptu,installation,lighting,sound

Event Details

Impromptu: LOW PROFILE
Plymouth Athenaeum, Derrys Cross, Plymouth, PL1 2SW
11-6pm, Sat / Sun

Impromptu is a layered sound and lighting work made up of specially commissioned recordings of renowned Freddie
Mercury tribute act Gary Mullen performing a score inspired by the frontman’s extensive vocal improvisation games of audience ‘call-and-response’.

During Live Aid’s 1985 broadcast, Freddie’s ‘call’ to his audience reached 1.9 billion people, across 150 nations. The seemingly simple gesture of inviting an audience to echo his voice, could be seen as a powerful call to arms. In 2000, 11.8 million viewers tuned in to watch Gary Mullen win Stars In Their Eyes.

Impromptu draws on a cultural memory of these performances and the audience’s experiences of being part of events, where the feeling of being part of something live, alongside and with others, matters.
Impromptu’s simple and stripped back aesthetic (voice, lights, darkness, silence) evokes a personal and embodied response from audience members encountering the installed work. At the Athenaeum, the installation will light up an otherwise empty theatre space not only to create a homage to an iconic, virtuosic performer, but also to explore the potential of simple but evocative collective experiences, actions and moments of cooperation, coordination and shared effort.


Sound Design – Neil Rose
Lighting Design – Charlotte Burton
Vocals – Gary Mullen

Generously supported by Plymouth City Council and Devonport SOUP. LOW PROFILE would like to thank the original commissioners of the work – ICIA (University of Bath) – and Plymouth University (Theatre & Performance Dept) and Plymouth College of Art in supporting Impromptu’s development.

Image: Impromptu, LOW PROFILE (2015), photo credit: Ed Smith.


24 (Saturday) 11:00 am - 25 (Sunday) 7:00 pm


Plymouth Athenaeum

Plymouth Athenaeum, Derrys Cross, Plymouth, PL1 2SW