A Festival Of Sex, Love And Death: Whalebone & Silent Meat at Pleasance Theatre

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Theme: Sex

Whalebone is about bodies - who takes up space, how much, and why.

Three puppeteers stand awkwardly in corsets. In Lecoq-influenced physical sequences, the performers move and manipulate each others' bodies until they appear as mannequins, or marionettes. Bodies are painted, tucked, tightened and taught; shadows are embarrassing, silhouettes become stencils and objects become objectives. The male performers gradually begin to define the amount of space the female performer can occupy, before moving on to manipulating her shape. Against this backdrop, a woman's transition from person to puppet does not seem impossible.

Though evident from the start, at this point, the woman's drive towards self-annihilation becomes urgent. Like the protagonist of Nabakov's Laura, which greatly influenced the piece, she tries to make her body disappear, starting with her extremities, until she becomes completely invisible.


Theme: Death

A gay couple meet in what feels like a destined encounter, only for their ideas of faith to be put to the test. An American PR executive searches for the answers to the death of a girl she's never met. An elderly woman tries to reconnect with her childhood friend before euthanising herself with Mexican pet barbiturates. And, in Tel Aviv, a peppy Canadian vlogger moves in with her Israeli holiday fling, only for him to be called up to fight in Gaza.

What does it feel like to discover your partner died via a google search? Why do people become obsessed with unsolved deaths on Reddit? What happens when moving in with your boyfriend means being accused of war crimes on Facebook? Set across three continents, Silent Meat is an exploration of what it feels like to love, lose and feel alone in the 21st century.

A Festival of Sex, Love and Death is a brand new, ten-day, multi-arts festival featuring an innovative and exciting programme of events: opera, cabaret, physical theatre, new writing and spoken word. The festival will form a melting pot of theatre-makers connected by the key forces that drive how we perceive and experience our lives: sex, love and death.

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Pleasance Theatre

North Road
N7 9EF
+44 (0)20 7609 1800

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