The world première of I’m Glad You’re Here took place at Preston Train Station during April 2015. I met over 25 passengers off trains and offered a series of bespoke greetings, menu below. You can read my thoughts on the experience here.
You could take your pick from a menu of encounters, whether you were after the red carpet treatment or help with your bags; there was something for all tastes. This was your chance to have a fleeting, filmic moment in an unlikely place.
If you are sick of carrying yourself through long journeys (and perhaps life in general), then I’m Glad You’re Here might just be for you.
Photos by Bernie Blackburn, David Toase and Ewa Witaszek.
- The Red Carpet. Arrive in Preston with style. As you hit the red carpet, you will receive a choice of sparkling water or wine, a paparazzi photo and some shades. Expect to give your autograph. 5 minutes.
- Favourite Things. Feel at home with a personalised welcome. Upon leaving the train you will be served a food and drink of your choice as your favourite song plays. 5 minutes.
- The Cheer Cheer. Everyone will be rooting for you at Preston. Featuring a banner, a crowd and optional confetti shower. 5 minutes.
- The Day Porter. For those who want some help carrying their bags, or themselves, off the train. Features include a gloved porter, a trolley and some comfortable slippers. 5 minutes.
- The Catch Up. Over-familiar is the word. You will receive a hug and conversation on a subject of your choice. 5 minutes.
- The Brief Encounter. Experience a filmic moment on the platform which includes dramatic facial expressions, a dramatic run and an over the top hug. 5 minutes.
- The Heavy. A security guard will meet you off the train, complete with ear piece, and serve a secure exit from the train station. Sunglasses included. 5 minutes.
- Railway Children. Emerge from the train to a tearful, emotional welcome á la the classic film, The Railway Children. Run, hug and hankies included. 5 minutes.
There are currently no appointments for the I’m Glad You’re Here service. Please get in touch if you are interested in booking the service. Advance booking is essential. Limited availability. A list of appointments will be available to witness I’m Glad You’re Here greetings as and when they are made.
I’m Glad You’re Here was a co-production with Derelict Sites and They Eat Culture’s Hit the North project. Supported using public funding via Arts Council England and UCLan.