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Third Angel presents


“Welcome to the Inspiration Exchange. This is a simple story-swapping performance. Together we will exchange a personal catalogue of inspirations to create an eclectic, multi-contributor library of ideas, incidents and events. 

Take a seat, choose a title card that you like the sound of, and your host, Third Angel Co-Artistic Director Alexander Kelly, will tell you the story behind the title – a story of something – an idea, and object, an event, a person - that has inspired someone. After you’ve heard the story you will be invited to tell a story of your own, to be added to the Exchange.

Drop in to swap a story, or just to listen to other peoples’, or join us for a summing up of all the stories exchanged over the afternoon at the end of the day.”

The most recent Inspiration Exchanges took place in The S.H.E.D. at Departure Lounge, Derby Theatre (You can read the Story Of the Day here) and at Nottingham Contemporary as part of InDialogue 2019 (The Story of that Day is here).

Third Angel’s Inspiration Exchange has been presented across the UK and internationally since 2010, evolving to become a unique collection of curated stories and ideas. Where do ideas come from, it wonders? And more importantly, which ones stay with us? What are the ideas, objects, phrases, images, texts or thoughts that have inspired you in the past or continue to inspire you?

Each time the Exchange shifts in duration and format, popping up at festivals and conferences, in cafes, foyers and little side rooms in theatres, museums, galleries…anywhere there are people and ideas.

Performed at a table, with about 6 or 8 audience chairs around it. The conversational part of the performance – for one or more audience members at a time - lasts up to 7 hours, with a ‘summing up’ story-telling performance for the last 15-20 minutes.

  • Devised and presented by Alexander Kelly.

If you would like us to bring an Inspiration Exchange to your event, then please get in touch.

Originally created for “Sing to me, Muse”, Cafe Scientifique, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield. Subsequently presented at Leeds City Museum (for Compass Live Art), the SAGE Gateshead (for GIFT), Edgelands/Forest Fringe, PSi#18 at University of Leeds, TEDxYork, Live Collision, Greenbelt, Hillsfest, WROUGHT Festival, ReROOTED Hull and others.

Multi-performer version presented at Forest Fringe with Andy Field, Laura McDermott, Deborah Pearson and James Stenhouse.

Touring Archive

21 Nov 2019, 12:30
18 Jul 2019, 16:00
Departure Lounge at Derby Theatre
25 Mar 2017, 12:00
ReRooted Weekend, Humber Street Gallery, Hull


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