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Going
 

The Structure
of  'Going' by The Theatre of Mistakes

There are five acts in the play.  Each of the five acts is a repetition of the first act, and each is instigated by a different performer.  In each act a further element is introduced by the first performer to enter in that act.  Each new element is repeated in all subsequent acts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Example: ACT 1.
 

Scene 1: Metronome.
Entry of the first performer.
First performer executes an action with words.

Scene 2: Metronome.
Entry of the second performer.
First performer executes an action with words.
Second performer repeats all actions and words employed by the first performer in scene 1.

Scene 3: Metronome.
Entry of the third and fourth performers.
Second performer freezes - only turning in order to observe the actions of the first performer.
Third performer repeats all actions and words employed by the first performer in Scene 1.
Fourth performer repeats all actions and words employed by the first performer in Scene 2.
Exit of the first performer while executing an action with words.

Scene 4: First performer as Metronome.
Entry of initial Metronome as the fifth performer.
Second performer repeats all actions and words emplyed by the first performer in Scene 3.
Third performer repeats all actions and words employed by the first performer in Scene 2.
Fourth performer freezes - only turning in order to observe the actions of the second performer
      repeating all the actions and words employed by the first performer in Scene 3.
Fifth performer repeats all actions and words employed by the first performer in Scene 1.
Second performer repeats the exit of the first performer in Scene 3.

Scene 5: Metronome.
Second performer begins Tone Poem Chorus.
Third performer freezes.
Fourth performer repeats the exit of the second performer in Scene 4.
Fifth performer repeats all actions and words employed by the first performer in Scene 2.

Scene 6: Exit of the third performer.
Metronome
Second performer continues Tone Poem Chorus.
Third and fourth performers begin Tone Poem Chorus.
Fifth performer repeats the exit of the first performer in Scene 3.

ENTR'ACTE:
Metronome begins Slowed Songs while all other performers continue Tone Poem Chorus.
Metronome pulls light-switch.
Slowed Songs cease.
Metronome turns the set through 90 degrees.

There are five performers in the play.  Since Act 1 was begun by the first performer, Act 2 will be
      begun by the second performer, Act 3 by the third performer, Act 4 by the fourth performer
      and Act 5 by the fifth performer.

Thus each performer instigates an act, elaborating on the actions already instigated.

In each act another performer begins Slowed Songs instead of the Tone Poem Chorus -
thus, by the end of act 5, all the performers will be engaged in Slowed Songs.

Going was performed first as an improvised piece - called Homage to Pietro Longhi.  It was shown during Michael Craig-Martin's choice for the Serpentine Gallery in the summer of 1976.  As Going - which employed the same structure but with entirely rehearsed actions and a specific text - it was shown at The Paris Biennale in 1977 and subsequently at the Mickery Theatre in Amsterdam and the Theatre for the New City in New York among many other venues.

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