To start you call a phone number which is marked on the wall. Choose whether you will be Ulrike or Eamon then hang up. Once you’re in position your phone rings: now you are the person you chose.
As you hear about the progression into violence and death you stare at the everyday surroundings. Find a vantage point, linger near a doorway or to find a nearby bus shelter then use your keypad to make your choices.
You hear about TV appearances, the firebombing of a supermarket and the night that Benno was shot by a cop on a demonstration. Or, as Eamon, you reflect on getting beaten by soldiers as a teenager, the killing of Ivan Toombs and your rise to the ‘Nutting Squad’ in charge of internal security for the IRA.
As Eamon and Ulrike reach the climax of their political actions, you too must make a choice. Hang up now and walk away. Or stay on the line…
A version of this work – Ulrike And Eamon Compliant – premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and has since toured internationally. This is the world premiere of Dial Ulrike And Eamon Compliant.