Here is a link to the Amsterdam performance of GOING

(The image shows the US performance, with Mickey Greenall, Peter Stickland, Anthony Howell and Glenys Johnson)



Art Monthly Review

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Fay Laflin in GRAMMAR – Raven Row 6 Aug 2017

Hi All

Hope you are all well.
I am attaching the recent review from Art Monthly for In Case There’s a Reason.

It’s relatively benign and there are some factual inaccuracies, for example the Soap work to which he refers, was indeed credited.
Otherwise its pretty journalistic.
Master of Fine Art Programme Leader

Another slideshow of images from Raven Row

Some of the most arresting images from our exhibition at Raven Row in the Summer of 2017

The images feature veterans of The Theatre of Mistakes, participants in the workshops, and a performer from the cast of “Going”.

Credits for photographers and all who performed to follow here: Mark Blower, Fay Laflin, Arabella Howell, Ana Genoves, Lucienne Cole and many more.


Performance Workshops at Raven Row

The Facebook page for the workshops I shall be running June-August at Raven Row can be found here

Introductory workshop to ‘Elements of Performance Art’

with Anthony Howell
Wednesday 7 June, 6.30–8.30pm
Book your place via Eventbrite: https://elements-of-performance-art-workshop-7june.eventbrite.co.uk/

‘In Case there’s a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes’
30 June-6 August 2017
Workshops from ‘Elements of Performance Art’
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2-5pm, 30 June–6 August

Raven Row is preparing the first exhibition to survey the ground-breaking practices of interdisciplinary performance art group The Theatre of Mistakes (1974–81). This will include live works as well as an archival presentation of scores, video material, notations and designs etc. A significant component of the exhibition includes the unique opportunity to participate in public workshops with Theatre of Mistakes founder Anthony Howell throughout the exhibition, on an ad hoc or regular basis.

Performance on village green2

During the early years of the Theatre of Mistakes (1974-6) such workshops were held in public and private spaces around London. They were open to all and attended by artists and students from different disciplines: writers and poets; dancers and choreographers; visual artists of all media and architects. Participants would develop instructions and games-based exercises under a basic rubric: that if you designed an exercise then you were in agreement to perform those by others. Over these two years the group noted and recorded hundreds of these exercises, which core members Anthony Howell and Fiona Templeton refined and distilled into their 1976 publication, Elements of Performance Art. Arguably, this publication is the first manifesto/manual for Performance Art in the UK. It will operate as a starting point for Howell’s workshops and ‘free sessions’ at Raven Row.

As an introduction and taster to the forthcoming workshops, Anthony Howell and Raven Row will be hosting an informal gathering, at Raven Row, on the evening of 7 June, as above. We look forward to welcoming those interested in the workshops but ask you to please register your attendance on Eventbrite (please see link above).

There will be further opportunities to enrol for these workshops during the course of the exhibition. Details will be available at the gallery and posted on Raven Row’s website.

To gain an impression of what these workshops may result in, and to hear Howell discuss this early phase of Theatre of Mistakes, please see http://parsejournal.com/article/towards-a-purposeful-accident-elements-of-performance-art-via-the-ting-the-theatre-of-mistakes/ which documents a session held at the University of Gothenburg in 2015, convened by Jason E. Bowman, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the university’s Valand Academy and curator of this exhibition.                  Amikam Toren Car Ballet


During the exhibition there will also be performances of Going, directed by Fiona Templeton. This was a later performance by the core group of the company.  It evolved out of the company’s interest in “Being not acting.”  Instead of acting, could the company members “be each other?” Here is the structure of Going



AN A to Z of The Theatre of Mistakes

theatre-of-mistakes Going

For another view of the Theatre of Mistakes by Marie-Anne Mancio click here

And here is the link to her A to Z of The Theatre of Mistakes.

Mind you, there are several errors in her A to Z.  This “nameless” performer is in fact Deborah Howell, my mother, performing in full hunting-kit at the Artists Meeting Place in Covent Garden.  This was in 1974: The Ting at AMP – first performance by The Theatre of Mistakes, Artists Meeting Place, London. In those days we were known as The Ting: Theatre of Mistakes.

Deborah Howell

And under the heading Signe Lie Howell is a picture of Jane Clark chatting with me in a rehearsal for Birth Ballet Chorale. Here is a picture of my wife, Signe, who also performed in that first event at AMP: