At Edinburgh Fringe 2016 in a Garden Shed next to a Double Decker Bus 1444 people collectively read all 2.6 million words of the Chilcot Report in 284 hours and 45 mins
That was a total of 12 days, non-stop, 24 hours a day making it:
THE LONGEST CONTINUOUS FRINGE SHOW EVER PERFORMED
This project connected with performers and public like nothing else at the Fringe.
It received masses of press attention, numerous 5 star reviews and won multiple awards:
– Panel Prize for Spirit of the Fringe
– TV Bomb Zeitgiest Award
– Barry Award Winner
“The most talked about event at the Fringe” BBC
“This report is the establishment admitting that they fucked up… And this project is part of making sure that they don’t forget.” Mark Thomas
“A lot of people are very grateful for what you are doing…” Stewart Lee
“An amazing experience…” Mark Lawson
– We are working on a video installation
– And a Documentary of the Event
You will be the first to know
Let’s not forget what this was about:
Up to 6 People went into a garden shed together
They shared the reading of the Chilcot report…
For an hour
This was repeated on the hour, every hour
24/7 until it was done
(284 hours and 45 mins)
THE ORIGINAL BLURB FOR THE PROJECT:
WHAT: Iraq Out & Loud
A group of Fringe performers, writers, politicians, and You plan to stage a reading of the Chilcot Report during the Edinburgh Fringe.
From beginning to end. Out & Loud. In one go.
Streamed live, recorded and witnessed in its entirity…
24 hours a day. 7 days a week.
WHERE: Edinburgh Fringe
in Edinburgh, in a garden shed by a double decker bus next to an underpass we’re going to read it all. Respectfully, humbly, and relentlessly, with a cast of thousands
(Bob’s BlundaBus, South College St EH8 9AA)
WHEN: Starting Mon 8th Aug 2016
6pm onwards, continuing non-stop.
Until it’s done
Join: Omid Djalili, Ian Rankin, Sean Walsh, Stewart Lee, Reg D Hunter, Jo Caulfield, Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Boothby Graffoe, Francesca Martinez, Bob Slayer, Michael Legge, Howard Reed, Arthur Smith, Ed Gamble etc
(plus more & more names are confirming all the time)
The Chilcot Report is 2.6 million words long published over 12 volumes.
Reading continuously 24/7 at around 120 words per minute will take over two weeks.
NB: Reading the Chilcot Report is not a Joke. We are reading it straight…
Well that is the key question surrounding British involvement in the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq! Why? Why? Why?
In 2009 the British government admitted that even they didn’t know the answer and asked a man called John Chilcot to set up an enquiry.
Mr Chilcot spent more than 7 years compiling a report which was finally published in July 2016. On the day of the Chilcot Report’s publication media outlets began commenting extensively on its findings. Perhaps it’s worth mentioning again, the report is 12 volumes long and contains 2.6 million words!
The new question to join, though not usurp, the original:
“Who will actually read it?”
The one question we will absolutely be able to answer is:
How long does it take to read out loud 2.6 million words?
Executive Producer – Omid Djalili
Producer – Bob Slayer (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Plus a team of hundreds and thousands…
WE NEED YOU TO GET INVOLVED:
Reading, Running, Tech, Promoting, Funding
Upto 6 people in a Garden Shed sharing the reading for an hour.
“An amazing experience please book me in again…” Mark Lawson (Radio 4)
This Project has a few costs £££ to get it off the ground
Please donate and assist making it happen
(Any additional money raised will be donated appropriate charities) .