The Stewarts are a carefully cast fictitious family. The various members appear and disappear in an empty white room, like life-sized marionettes dressed in white. As is customary in the sub-genre of marionette theatre, they are manipulated by black-clothed puppeteers who are part of the set entourage: production assistants, a makeup girl and a hair stylist. The family members are moved into position in the space and tidied up for their performance. Finally the puppeteers/assistants strap balloons to The Stewarts and place cardboard party hats on their heads. All of this takes place calmly and in complete silence. None of the Stewarts shows any sign of emotion.

Music by Liz Harris/ Grouper

This work has been digitised in the frame of DCA Project