Tom Frankland & Keir Cooper
in association with Último Comboio
Fri 30 May – 6pm
Sat 31 May – 1pm
Alfred St North
duration: 1h 10 mins
free, but please book in advance to avoid disappointment!
Tickets available from Nottingham Playhouse Box Office: 0115 941 9419
and Lakeside Arts Centre Box Office: 0115 846 7777
‘Do you count yourself among the contented or the afflicted?’
A playful exploration of Cervantes’ novel, combining incredible visual imagery, live music and dance. Featured as part of the 2013 British Council Showcase, this is a performance that takes the same brazen attitude as Cervantes, with equal irreverence, presenting its own radical and absurd worldview. It is about how we don’t know what to do with individuals who want to affect change in unconventional ways, about how radicals are either seen as clowns or oracles and about our role as individuals within society – not necessarily to behave like Don Quijote, but to consider our response to those who do. Staged amongst the audience, the title role will be played by a secret guest performer unique to each date.
Tom Frankland is an award winning performer and theatre maker whose theatrical language focuses on honesty, action and a playful DIY aesthetic. Keir Cooper works in music, design and theatre. He writes and performs with punk trio a Sweet niche and his work looks at ideas that require simultaneous discipline and irreverence.
‘A Cheerfully anarchic show that takes apart Cervantes’ novel – with a power saw – and sends a reminder that change begins with us.’
The Guardian ****
‘A whirlwind of joyous disintegration that sees the novel emerge resplendent from its own destruction.’
Time Out ****
‘A brave and funny performance that recontextualises and reclaims the importance of Cervantes’ book.’
The Skinny *****
‘There is a lot to love about this production; they are more than a little crazy, but then you have to be to attempt to turn Cervantes’ epic tome into an hour-long stage show. this is no reduced-Sheakespeare style show, it is both more intelligent and more silly than that.’
British Theatre Guide ****
‘In an epiphanic volta of anarchic punk rock and uncoiled rage, it becomes a savage denunciation of cynicism and a lionised defence of idealism.’
TV Bomb ****
Don Quijote was developed as part of Camden People’s theatre’s Starting Block scheme, with support from the Albany Theatre, Little Angel Theatre and Shoreditch Town Hall. It has been supported using public funding by the national Lottery through Arts Council England.
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