Shopworks began life when Theatre-Rites took over an empty corner shop in Tooting, London. Commissioned by LIFT and Wiener Festwochen it was performed throughout May 2003 in London, before transferring to a disused corner shop in Vienna for June 2003. In Vienna the show was recreated for the new space and performed in a combination of German and English.
This is a shop with a mind of its own … Step off the street into the Theatre-Rites shop – a world of wondrous transformations and strange happenings where the items for sale take on a life of their own. Meet the inhabitants, a bizarre group of shop assistants in brown coats clinging to their daily routines – collecting, sorting, weighing, wrapping, labelling and stacking. In this apparently ordinary world, discover what lurks beyond the counter and journey deep into the hidden back rooms.