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Up The Line 2010

The second in the series of investigations into how opinions on conflict and war form, using short abstract live art performances as a medium to engage during a lightening storm in a darkened cemetery.

Taking place in Brockley cemetery during in darkness and a lightening storm, the audience weaved through poets, dancers, musicians and installations along a narrow path, giving a taste of the foreboding that might be sensed when heading to a battlefront.


This event followed on from a similar performance in 2009, assessing how war and conflict manifests and escalates, while nations and charities embody the symbolism and motifs of destruction.

Response and Accompanying Essay

Read the accompanying essay here with audience comments below;

  1. Lovely evening – thank you

  2. Nice music and thought provoking too

  3. It was really lovely! Wonderful atmosphere, I’ll remember it for a long time xxx

  4. Never knew how big the place was

  5. I really enjoyed the walk and the poems. Very peaceful. Thank you

  6. I love the diary and the film and piano

  7. A wonderful idea thank you

  8. Gloomy

  9. A great event – very moving

  10. Brilliant organisation. Please do it again

  11. Very well done

  12. Traditional – a song from one of the wars

  13. Very spooky

  14. I liked the poems a lot

  15. Music and lighting was lovely – very atmospheric

  16. Gloomy

  17. Absolutely great – I hope it happens once again next year

  18. I hope you do this again next year

  19. Great music

  20. Thank you – beautiful and very moving

  21. Really enjoyed the poems! Enjoyed the tour was a very nice peaceful atmosphere

  22. Very apt and well put together

  23. Very peaceful and great event

  24. Very scary I wish I was nocturnal

  25. It was very interesting

  26. Absolutely fantastic thanks

  27. Great atmosphere

  28. Very impressed will come again

  29. Wow so beautiful very very moving my granddad was very happy to be here tonight xxx heart

  30. A great event brilliant organisation please do it again

  31. I love it heart heart heart

  32. Lovely words and very atmospheric – loved the music particularly thank you

  33. Excellent overall

  34. Liked the glowstick path

  35. Extraordinary

  36. Very good

  37. I thought it was very good but not as good as last years

  38. Weird

  39. Very reflective experience

  40. Fantastic event and a great way to commemorate Armistice Day really wonderful well done

  41. Brilliant

  42. I liked it a lot but I’m sad there wasn’t any hot chocolate

  43. Cold but beautiful liked the piano and poems by the women war poets

  44. I enjoyed it about as much as last year (smiley)

  45. Excellent, especially liked the music

  46. Came last year and so glad you did it again, again next year please

John McKiernan

Supported by London Borough of Lewisham

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