Touch & Go for 20 Stories High

Published: 10 May 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Touchy cast Credit: Wesley Storey

In late 2019, 20 Stories High created a piece of theatre inspired by the concept of touch, commissioned by the Wellcome Collection. But soon after, touch became prohibited as the world faced a pandemic, and the commission had to be completely reimagined.

Now, Touchy launches online: a mash-up of theatre and music video, interweaving beats, drama, poetry, animation, visuals and original music. A series of five online pieces, it follows six characters as they navigate their way through tactile highs and lows of young adulthood.

Films were created in artists’ homes and on location utilising people in their support bubbles as well as the creative team on Zoom.

Further lockdown work has included Chokka, an audio play written by Luke Barnes with 20 Stories High Youth Theatre, and Black with a Capital B, a series of commissions by Black Liverpool artists.