21 June 2010
Recording of the Week: David Gale talking at the ICA in 1988
A Cambridge contemporary and friend of Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett, David Gale began his career as a performer and writer in the early days of fringe theatre, co-founding the theatre company Lumiere & Son in 1973. Recent theatrical initiatives have included his Peachy Coochy nights - where guest speakers each give a talk lasting precisely six minutes and 40 seconds, illustrated by precisely 20 images displayed for precisely 20 seconds each - and the writing and directing of six 25-minute plays (one a month) for Battersea Arts Centre. In this ICA Talk, from 14 September 1988, Adam Mars-Jones quizzes Gale on his debut novel ‘A Diet of Holes’.
Recording of the Week highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item was selected from the Institute of Contemporary Arts talks collection by Stephen Cleary, Curator of Drama & Literature recordings at the British Library Sound Archive. The ICA talks collection has 1,000 hours of recordings of events held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, in the Mall, London, recorded over the period 1981-1994.