Using salvaged audio recordings he has edited into digital scripts, Dickie Beau channels extraordinary voices onstage, creating an eerie archive of those who might otherwise be lost, or are no longer living.
A pioneering artist whose work spans theatre, cabaret and mime, Dickie Beau elevates the drag tradition of lip-synching through a performance style known as 'playback'.
Winner of this year’s Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, Beau makes his directorial debut and performs in a haunting ensemble piece, inspired in part by the history of image-making and funerary rituals. Atmospheric sound integrates uncannily with physical performance to animate psychedelic scenes that play on questions of presence and absence.
'An auteur of the airwaves who can put flesh onto recorded sound in a manner both gripping and disturbing' This is Cabaret
1 hour 15 minutes/no interval
Age guidance 16+ (contains adult content)
Directed by Dickie Beau
Lighting by Marty Langthorne
Sound by William Saunders
Designed by Simon Vincenzi
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Part of Theatre & Dance
Co-produced by the Barbican