Saturday evening performances at The Performance Centre, Penryn Campus
Great Small Works
The Toy Theater of Terror As Usual
Episode #13: Whistles and Leaks
In 1990, during the countdown to the first Gulf War, members of Great Small Works began experimenting with the Toy Theater format as a way to produce counter-narratives to the story of inevitable war in Iraq projected by mainstream news outlets. Veterans of the Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater, known for its giant-scaled, politically engaged spectacles, these artists lived in small apartments, with new city-instituted laws requiring the recycling of newspaper and cardboard. Inspired by the photomontage techniques of Weimar artist John Heartfield and assorted Dada poets and surrealists, GSW members began cutting and pasting puppets from photos and texts appearing in the daily newspapers. The resulting performances were, thus, part-documentary, part-surrealist commentary, rendered in the cheapest of recycled materials: paper, cardboard, glue, and the occasional 3-dimensional object.
Working with the dictum of Walter Benjamin, that “the condition of the oppressed teaches us that the state of emergency is not the exception but the rule,” Great Small Works treated audiences to an ongoing response to local and international events that continues today, with Episode #13: Whistles and Leaks (2012), about freedom of information and the travails of PFC Bradley Manning
Les Hommes Vides
Les Hommes Vides is a twenty minute low-tech, charming, eerie and comic performance of slapstick and surreal table-top puppetry and object theatre. It contains scenes of plank action, eyeless shopping, bouncing puppets, poetry and prizes.
Invisible Thread was formed in 2011, one of two companies created from the split of internationally renowned puppet and visual theatre group, Faulty Optic. Following the company’s highly successful debut production, Plucked, at LIMF12, Liz Walker’s latest show promises further adventures in the bizarre world of adult puppetry. Escape normality and suspend disbelief!
‘For 20 years she (Liz Walker) has explored the art form’s nightmare limits, with surreal dramas about puppets in crisis that have been likened to the works of David Lynch and Samuel Becket.’ Independent on Sunday