Home of The Wriggler is a lo-fi sci-fi docu-drama.
Lo-fi because the lights and sound are all powered by the cast, giving the show a strange intensity and immediacy.
Home Of The Wriggler is based on a host of entangled and fractured stories told in the pulsing beams of car headlights. Four actors, dressed down in workwear and parka coats, drive the show on. An exercise bike and twelve speed racer have been customised with dynamos and switches to run seven lights, a kettle and a home-made turntable. Stories leap back and forth through time and across the globe. A hand-cranked flywheel powers four more lights. Shake-to-shine torches help navigate. Scenes are emotive, detailed and boiled down, full of local colour and global import. An eco-legend is told.
Sci-fi because the show is set at some indeterminate future time when the Rover brand, the Longbridge plant and cars in general have become the subject of myth and speculation.
Docu-drama because the show is founded on interviews, anecdotes, personal experiences and documents about living, working, growing-up, falling in love, making/buying/selling/driving/sitting in cars in Birmingham.
The show is written out of love and fury.
photo: courtesy Stan's Cafe