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Work type: Play.

Frontman - T40482175

A furiously loud, raucous reproduction of all the best gigs you never saw. Backed by an analogue synth and a tambourine, Action Hero performs a defiant, brazen, half-cut version of a faded comeback gig, complete with dry-ice, lip syncs and extreme noise (earplugs provided...). Frontman balances between euphoria and a car crash; it's part-gig, part-performance with a DIY approach to analogue sound. This is the third piece in an unintentional trilogy of work about icons and the iconography of masculinity.
26 Mar 12Arts Centre, Aberystwyth :: V817
listing details L073606269
23 Mar 12 to 24 Mar 12Jacksons Lane, Outer London :: V312
listing details L1346291766
14 Mar 12 to 16 Mar 12Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford :: V799
listing details L0207909514
8 Mar 12The ShowRoom, Chichester :: V046964108
listing details L01274685079

A Western - T2131871659

We want to make a Western. We have a cowboy hat and some ketchup. We want the scene where our hero walks into the bar and everyone stops talking. We want the scene where the whore begs to be loved. We want to cheat at cards. We want blood and guns. Everyone will have a moustache. All the bad guys laugh. Dust blows across a deserted street. Music. Together with our audience we reclaim this chaotic half-arsed Western as our own and celebrate the failure of generic heroes, cheap whores and the all-American idol.
1 Nov 09Chelsea Theatre, Inner London :: V179
listing details L344705682

T02032369299 (CHELSE06)

We want to declare an end to History because it's holding us back. It's taking up all our time and it's filling all our books. We're starting to feel the weight of it and it's slowing us down. Let's finish History. Let's put it behind us. History started at zero and it's come a long way. The birth of our sun, the Battle of Hastings, The Suffragettes, Vietnam, Foot and Mouth and now today. Today it's reached its peak. Today it can go no further. It's come to a stand still and we'll all be able to say "We were there. We were there when History was declared over and there were fireworks and a public announcement". We want to put an end to History so we're going to have a celebration. Before we wave it goodbye we want to re-enact History and remember the highlights. We want to have fireworks and feel a sense of warmth regarding all that we've shared and when History is over we'll all come together and look hopefully into our empty burdenless future. There's a list of people. A great list. A list of all the people that made History. We're going to wave goodbye to that list. We're going to give them a send off because we think they've deserved it. But before we do we're going to add our names to that list. All of us on this day will get our names on that list because we were there. We made History. We were then when it ended. We want it to be beautiful. Two performers attempt to re-enact events that shaped our world and celebrate the end of History. Presenting it exactly as we know it. Selecting randomly from events in the past we discover how we remember it and how little we know. How little we care. How much we miss it. How much we want it to go. With no attempt to research the facts we rely on our own knowledge of the events and reveal that what matters is not what really happened but what we all think happened.Producer Chelsea Theatre.
24 Oct 06 to 25 Oct 06Chelsea Theatre, Inner London :: V179
listing details L0156171695

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