SHOWTIME

presented by
Granary Performance Initiative

Narrated by a clown with a fake dynamite bomb strapped to her chest, the piece begins with a naïve text describing just what a good piece of theatre should be. From this amateurish advice about simple scenery, good casting and dress rehearsals, Showtime soon decays into a chaos of raindrops, a dog that talks about suicide and a series of insistent questions asked of a dying thug as he lies bleeding outside a Wendy house.

Showtime is a comical piece in which the concerns of adult life, especially death, are played out in a visual language drawn from children’s picture books and pantomimes. Its concern is also with theatre itself — with the nature of our demands as spectators, with the construction of illusion as well as with the desire for order, sense and coherence in our lives.

with:
Leanne Foxwell
Casey Hynes
Fiona Kelly
Leah Marshall
Peter O’Connell Stack
Aaron O’Neil
Rebecca Munnelly
Jane Soldatkina

directed & designed by:
Tony McCleane-Fay

 

 

Based on Tim Etchell’s Forced Entertainment 1996 production.