Quar­tet cap­tur­ing the times and what it means to be fe­male now

Southport Visiter - - Theatre, Arts & Comedy -

IN A year when #metoo, gen­der pay inequal­ity and the fem­i­nist agenda have rarely been out of the head­lines, 2018 is an es­pe­cially ap­pro­pri­ate time for Grace­fool Col­lec­tive to tour their pow­er­fully satir­i­cal Ed­in­burgh hit This Re­ally Is Too Much.

West Lan­cashire au­di­ences can see the show when it vis­its Edge Hill Arts Cen­tre in Orm­skirk on Wed­nes­day, No­vem­ber 14.

Rau­cous, provoca­tive and laugh-out­loud funny, the four-piece have cre­ated a genre-bust­ing show that re­veals the down­right ab­surd re­al­i­ties of life as a three-di­men­sional, high def­i­ni­tion, wa­ter-drink­ing, salad-eat­ing, mois­tur­is­ing W.O.M.A.N. in modern so­ci­ety.

In Septem­ber 2018 the show won The Stock­holm Fes­ti­val’s top award, The Grand Prix Prize for ex­cel­lence in per­form­ing arts.

Slickly chore­ographed and drip­ping with fem­i­nist charm and an­ar­chic wit, This Re­ally Is Too Much com­bines dance, dark com­edy and theatre.

An ac­ces­si­ble and hu­mor­ous ex­plo­ration of gen­der in­equal­i­ties, the show delves deeply into a world of far­ci­cal stereo­types and pre­pos­ter­ous power strug­gles, wrestling with gen­der, iden­tity and so­cial con­ven­tion along the way.

Af­ter 100 years of women’s suf­frage in Bri­tain, how far have we re­ally come in that time?

This Re­ally Is Too Much is an out­landish, thought-pro­vok­ing and wildly en­ter­tain­ing med­ley of ab­surd po­lit­i­cal speeches, tal­ent con­tests, job in­ter­views and box tick­ing.

The four per­form­ers – Kate Cox, Sofia Ed­strand, Rachel Ful­le­gar and Re­becca Holm­berg – fight them­selves, each other and so­ci­ety’s ex­pec­ta­tions for women to be in­di­vid­ual, po­lit­i­cal, beau­ti­ful, pop­u­lar, in con­trol – and in their place.

It in­cludes text from Kate Bern­stein’s sem­i­nal text Gen­der Out­law.

Grace­fool Col­lec­tive is a four wom­anstrong com­pany of theatre mak­ers formed in 2013.

They make post-in­tel­lec­tual-pseu­dospir­i­tual-fem­i­nist-com­edy-dance-theatre about the ab­sur­di­ties of modern ex­is­tence.

They aim to pro­voke, de­light, and defy con­ven­tion through ir­rev­er­ent phys­i­cal­ity, sharp writ­ing and ar­rest­ing char­ac­ters. Their work tack­les se­ri­ous is­sues while never tak­ing it­self too se­ri­ously.

The four Grace­fools (col­lec­tively) say: ‘‘This show is for any­one in­ter­ested in dance, theatre, laugh­ing, cry­ing, fem­i­nism, gen­der, iden­tity, smash­ing the sys­tem, tick­ing the boxes, beauty pageants, po­lit­i­cal speeches, salad, mois­turiser, wa­ter, tur­tle necks, disco, Steely Dan and/or Barry White’.’

For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets go to www.edge­hill.ac.uk/events/ 2018/11/14/this-re­ally-is-too-much/ or call the box of­fice on 01695 584480.

Forth­right: This Re­ally is Too Much

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