Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)

Split Britches

15 - 19 May 2018 / 19:45
The Pit

Booking Dates:
Barbican Members Plus: Thu 18 May, 10am
Barbican Members: Fri 19 May, 10am
Public Booking: Tue 23 May, 10am

Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.

The stage features a round table, doomsday images projected on a screen, echoing the War Room in Stanley Kubrick’s film. In our Situation Room, twelve audience members are invited to become a Council of Elders to discuss the global issues of the day, as the company weave in satirical insights and spirit-lifting humour.

Adopting the characters of a bombastic general and ineffectual president, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches lace this interactive piece with both playful urgency and lethargy, encouraging discussion about the political landscape. The pioneering theatre-makers see unexploded ordnances (bombs and weapons) as a metaphor for the unexplored potential of older people and hope to uncover buried resources in us all.

Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.

Part of Sky Arts Art 50. Find out more here.

1 hour/no interval

Age guidance 16+

17 May 2018
BSL-interpreted performance

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Presented by the Barbican

Development supported by In Company Collective with additional support from the Barbican, Doris Duke Foundation and Queen Mary University


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