Now Thus Now Thus
By Michelle Browne
Semi Fictional tour through Alexandra Park, St. Helens, UK November 12th, 2016
Now Thus Now Thus is a semi fictional tour through Alexandra Park, the site of the Pilkingtons Glass heaquarters and factory that existed in the town of St. Helens for over 200 years. In the past Pilkingtons was one of the main employers in the town.
Drawn from research into the company, interviews with local people, ex-employees of the company and conversations with the current staff at Alexandra Park, the tour looks at the contrast between the working lives of those who had worked for Pilkingtons in the past and the conditions for workers in the present day. Pilkingtons as a company epitomises how capitalism has changed over the centuries and its subsequent impact on the worker. During the tour of the building, real stories of those interviewed are woven into a fictional narrative that maps out the changing nature of work over the last 200 years.
Now Thus Now Thus was presented as part of The Invisible City commissioned by Heart of Glass, an agency for collaborative and social arts practice based in St Helens, Merseyside, UK.
Photos by Stephen King