(This week we're giving you a Friday Five times two which is actually the beginning of a news series)
by Patrick Goddard
My experience watching Tableau d'Hôte's recent production of Humans really messed me up. From the first moments, I was filled with hate and rage and wondered what the hell I was doing in a room full of people who were head over heels in love the show. Was I crazy? My wife didn't think so; in fact, she was relieved that I agreed with her, and we booked out of there as fast as possible without sticking around to applaud. But neither of us could get the show out of our heads. At brunch the next day, we were still talking about it. And I realized that Humans had struck me to the core: it was (as I somewhat nastily Facebooked later) everything I hated in theatre in one show.
Now, if you're going to make a statement like that, it behooves one to follow up on it. What I propose is to spend the next ten weeks breaking down those elements and publicly working out just what the hell it is I actually do hate about theatre -- and why.
So, if you'll indulge me, please consider the following table of contents:
1. White cubes in a white set with white costumes
2. Barefoot actors
3. Choral speaking
5. Irish "traditional" music
7. Video backdrops
9. Showing and telling; or, Simultaneous translation for the imaginatively impaired
10. Audience participation
NEXT WEEK: THE CUBE! THE WHITE CUBE!