Sorry I’m Not In Service: Part One

Sorry I’m Not In Service: Part One


Driving a bus around the streets of Brighton & Hove our narrator drifts through the seemingly utopian suburban dreamscape that is the ‘new’ England of the twenty-first century.
However, all is not what it seems. Adopting the role of passive observer the bus driver travels ever deeper into a sterile landscape of the mind, devoid of animation or intimacy. Brighton itself becomes a depersonalised facsimile of an alien town scape, when residents are encountered travelling aimlessly through it’s flat-packed ikea environ, as they travel from one part of the city to another in search of answers they don’t even know the questions for.

Our story begins in the pre-brexit United Kingdom of 2011.
United in name perhaps, but where the cracks of social decay are already beginning to show.
The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ fails to bring forth it’s supposed promise of democracy, replacing military dictatorships with seemingly even more despotic regimes / the start of the still-ongoing Syrian Civil War / the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster / the death of bogey-man Osama bin Laden / the death of Amy Winehouse / the mid-summer riots across the UK / the death of Colonel Gaddafi / the death of Kim Jong-il / the rise of Islamic State.
Against this backdrop of global upheaval the wheels on the bus go round and round.
Round and round.

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