Popping-in?

We designed our studio; it's filled with light and music. There are multiple meeting rooms, a well stocked kitchen, and an indoor garden (with fishpond). Pop-in for tea and stay to use a spare desk for as long as you need.

11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

Cog is a Certified B Corporation

Public transport

We’re next to Greenwich train and DLR station. We have a door right on the concourse but it’s different to our postal address.

From Greenwich rail platform

This video shows the route to take from the train that will arrive at Greenwich rail station from London Bridge.

From Greenwich DLR station

This video shows the route to take from the DLR that will arrive at Greenwich DLR station from Bank.

By car

If you have to come by car, we have a couple of parking spaces. We have a charging point that you are welcome to use if you have an electric car. Call ahead and we'll make sure the spaces are free. Use our postcode (SE10 9QF) to guide you in.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you. Use whichever medium works best for you.

11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

Cog is a Certified B Corporation

New project enquiry

It's exciting to chat about potential new projects. We don't have a ‘sales’ team or a form to fill in. Call us or give us a little detail via email and we'll get straight back to you.

enquiry@cogdesign.com

Website support

If you're a client then you'll be best served by calling us or contacting us via Basecamp, otherwise you can use this dedicated email that reaches all of the digital team.

digital@cogdesign.com

Finance questions

This email hits the inboxes of the people who deal with our bookkeeping and finances.

accounts@cogdesign.com

Just want a chat?

Sometimes enquiries don't fall neatly under a heading, do they?

hello@cogdesign.com

Cultural Calendar

A round-up of recommendations and reviews, sent on the first Friday of each month, topped-off with a commissioned image from a talented new illustrator. Sign-up and tell your friends.

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Cog News

An irregular update of activity from our studio. Showing off about great new projects, announcements, job opportunities, that sort of thing. Sign-up and tell your friends.

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The Long Goodbye: Livestream edition

The Long Goodbye: Livestream edition

We watched Riz Ahmed’s stunning lockdown show, hosted on Manchester International Festival’s CogPlayer, for our Cog Night in February.

Riz Ahmed’s live music show of his new album, The Long Goodbye, was due to premier in Manchester back in March 2020. The live show didn’t go ahead for obvious reasons.

Instead Ahmed, in partnership with Manchester International Festival (MIF) and Brooklyn Academy of Music, developed a special digital performance, based on his album, that debuted in December 2020 and was later made available on-demand.

We worked with MIF to build a CogPlayer for the event, so we were thrilled to catch the on-demand show for our February Cog Night.

Like the album of the same name, the show examines ideas of home, belonging and structural racism. The ‘Goodbye’ in the title refers to the tortuous metaphorical break-up Ahmed has been going through with a Britain that has become an increasingly abusive partner.

That painful identity crisis is at the heart of Ahmed’s deeply personal performance, which weaves a lyrical web incorporating his own family history, the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people of colour in the UK, and the brutal legacy of British colonial rule.

The show begins with a low-tech feel: shaky and ad-hoc. Ahmed chats into a phone camera as he supposedly takes us through his pre-gig process in a deserted (and possibly haunted) theatre.

Performing to a handheld phone is a brilliant conceit. And as the illusion of spontaneity is broken by dazzling lighting and witty surreal special effects, the selfie monologue helps to maintain the intimacy.

Ahmed’s force of character and sheer brilliance ensures that our belief is suspended throughout. He squared the circle, making a show wrapped in layers of self-awareness and meta-theatricality, feel deeply personal and utterly performative at the same time.

The Long Goodbye: Livestream edition is a masterclass in Covid-era digital performance. It’s a show that’s been perfectly tailored for the kind of hybrid digital arts performance we’ve become more used to in the last year, and there was never a point where it felt like a play that was making do, or a gig that would have been better in-person. And the galling picture it paints of powerlessness in the face of exploitations packs a powerful punch.


Illustration by Serina Kitazono for our Cultural Calendar.