When I Grow Rich (2019) was a site~specific, multi~sensory performance at St Leonard’s Shoreditch, a historic church whose bells are famously mentioned in the ‘Oranges and Lemons’ rhyme. Taking place in the church portico, elements of sound, smell and taste were used to animate the unique heritage of the space.
The performance incorporated a soundscape of peals sourced from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which cast the original ‘Bells of Shoreditch’. A collaboration with the London Metropolitan Archives and sound designer, Robin The Fog, these digitised archive recordings were simultaneously played forwards and in reverse, creating a sense of layered time and a converging of past and present.
Visitors were greeted with a ceremonial ‘Eucharist’ of oranges and lemon juice, entering the nave through a curtain of dried orange slices and the diffused scent of citrus oil.
The Woven ~ Residency Performance
When I Grow Rich was developed through an artist residency at St Leonard's Shoreditch, and showcased as part of The Woven, a collaborative performance event curated by Sun at Night London and The Butterfly Wheel.