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Third Angel presents

Words & Pictures

A book reading for a book that doesn’t exist (yet). A theatrical collection of short stories, obsessions, illustrations and digressions.

We’ve been sitting on benches, and wondering who chose the view. We’ve been trying to understand bureaucracy. We’ve been drawing songmaps. We’ve been writing texts to be read in the dark. We’ve been rolling dice and playing games. We’ve been playing detective, exploring local legends and investigating dead marine life. We’ve been getting distracted. We’ve been thinking that we should have collected all of this stuff up by now, gathered it together, boxed it up and dealt with it. But it’s still all here, spilling out into our lives.

A project that started out as a theatrical collection of short stories assembled for a literature festival and evolved into a performed reading of an unfinished (in fact, largely unwritten) autobiography.


Devised, written and performed by 
Alexander Kelly and Rachael Walton.

Words & Pictures is commissioned by Off The Shelf and Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre. 

Songmap features The First Big Weekend by Arab Strap. Words and music by Malcolm Middleton and Aidan Moffat. Courtesy of Chemikal Underground.

Live performance devised and performed by
Alexander Kelly
& Rachael Walton

Film version directed and edited by
Christopher Hall

Additional camerawork by
Alexander Unwin

Songmap was Third Angel’s contribution to Unlimited Theatre’s Mixtape project.

Supported by Leeds Met Studio Theatre, Off The Shelf Festival of Words & Sheffield Hallam University.

Special thanks to Stewart Henderson, Malcolm Middleton & Aidan Moffat.

Programme Notes

The process of making Words & Pictures is discussed on the blog. Click on the links to read:

Words & Pictures Introduction  
Words & Pictures Second Printing 
Notes on Songmap

You can read some of the stories here:

Empty Benches
Off The White

You can hear It Starts With The Dice in this episode of The Grognard Files.

You can watch SONGMAP here:

There's lots more information about making and touring Third Angel projects 2008-2017 on our original blog, and 2017-2023 on the blog on this site.