Stolen Voices Seaham used an original research method based on eavesdropping and listening practices developed by Dr Rebecca Collins and Dr Johanna Linsley to write text for performance and deliver a live performance piece. The work featured a new musical composition. Collins and Linsley transferred their research methodology to work with Newcastle-based composer Mariam Rezaei to create a new musical composition. This work was funded by Arts Council England and supported by Sound & Music, Helix Arts and East Durham Creates.
Circulation of Stolen Voices outputs has been designed to respond to one of the central research questions of the project: how can eavesdropping be used as a method for dissemination that takes into account and complicates notions of the ‘local’, ‘national/international’, ‘art audiences’ and ‘community engagement’? The range of outputs itself is a response to this question. The two site-specific (Seaham and Aberdeen) performance works were designed with and for community members, with materials gathered through a process of formal public workshops, meetings, interviews, archival research and more informal modes of hanging out and listening in.