The Salty Singing Spectacle of Shiny Sozzled Sailors

The Salty Singing Spectacle of Shiny Sozzled Sailors

A series of immersive performance pieces with a playful and humorous take on the city's naval history; moving throughout the city, stopping at various locations to entertain passers-by.

Project Details

Artist: Edwin Burdis and Tom Woolner
Category: Temporary
Date: 2017
Location: View on our Public Art Map (desktop and tablet; requires Google sign-in) Find past location on a map
Commissioner: Visual Arts Plymouth Producers: Plymouth Art Weekender Partners: Arts Council England, Horizon, Plymouth Culture, University of Plymouth, Plymouth City Council

The artists sought to create an alternative narrative to Plymouth’s well known heritage, particularly its links with the Navy. The performances were influenced by sea shanties, landmark pubs in the city and prominent local figures such as Beryl Cook.

Local singers worked with the artists to create choral pieces that were performed by Devonport Park Community Choir at various locations.

About the Artists

Tom Woolner is a London-based artist; working across sculpture, performance and more recently music, he tests his cartoon-dumb language in a variety of outlets and contexts.

Edwin Burdis’ multifaceted practice traverses drawing, painting, sculpture, film, sound installation and performance, all part of an on-going compulsion to produce. In his current practice he is focused on the production of an imagined opera.