Somerset House Studios


03 – 07 Oct 2018
11.00-18.00 (FREE)
Theatre performances from 19.30 (£12.00)
Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

TBCTV, a new installation bringing together visual art performance and theatre opens this October from Studios residents Mel Brimfield, Ewan Jones Morris and Chloe Lamford.

Transforming Somerset House’s Lancaster Rooms into a mock TV studio, TBCTV presents a dynamic and evolving programme of new live theatre and film screenings, including a new short play from award-winning Welsh playwright and screenwriter, Tim Price

The diverse programme will feature a short film projected each hour from a carefully curated selection of artists including Bedwyr Williams, Sol Calero & Dafna Maimon, Kalup Linzy, Tamy Ben Tor, Rachel Maclean, Mary Reid Kelley and more.

Theatre performances include Beginning to End, by Mel Brimfield and Elevenses, by Tim Price. More information on the performances below.

Further works will appear from the successful applicants of the TBCTV open call and full details of the programme will be available in the bespoke publication TBCTV Times. In the TBCTV reception area, visitors can experience the shifting nature of television media with multiple screens showing a range of moving image work including show reels, music videos, animations, as well as enjoy a selection of satirical magazines exploring celebrity culture.

TBCTV is supported by the Case Foundation.

Theatre performances 

Mel Brimfield, Beginning to End

Performances daily from 3 - 7 Oct, 19.30

Running time 40 minutes

Beginning to End is a cascade of interleaving monologues by a cast of rowdy TV stars, switching between several unsettling programmes. 

A surreal set of encounters between the romantic leads of a soap opera collides with a spiritual guru leading a series of impossible-to-perform exercise routines. We fall into a rolling procession of increasingly bizarre product demonstrations, carried out by a pair of overly groomed presenters from a shopping network. As the action gathers pace, the space between the channels fractures and the jostling mob of disparate voices come together with unexpected results."

Tim Price,  Elevenses

Performances daily from 3 - 7 Oct, 20.30

Running time 40 minutes

Chaos has descended on Britain’s most popular daytime chat show. The familiar presenters have been caught in an on-air catastrophe, so a new face is thrust onto what remains of the sofa, to reassure the viewers. All he has to do is keep things calm, but he hasn’t seen the guest list.

Theatre performances are ticketed and must be booked in advance.

Open call

We are launching an international call for existing single channel film and video work to add to a curated programme. We are looking for submissions that respond loosely to the broad theme of ‘Television’.  We are particularly interested in approaches including performance for camera and expanded script writing practices spanning character-based monologue, adaptation, found footage collage, and repurposing of generic TV formats, but will consider all moving image work of interest. Work under ten minutes is preferable, but longer works considered.

The selection panel comprises:

Ceri Hand – Director of Programmes, Somerset House

TBCTV Network Executives Chloe Lamford, Mel Brimfield and Ewan Jones Morris.

Deadline for submissions is 17.00 on Friday 31 August 2018