Scenes from an Urban Gothic is a powerful, physical performance depicting one man’s struggle against a surreal and nightmarish metropolis, utilising his body, a chair – and no words.
Through encounters on the underground, disorienting misadventures in public toilets and a procession of increasingly mind-numbingly tedious jobs, James soon discovers that this darkly Kafkaesque city is far different to anything he has ever experienced.
Theatre Imaginers invite you to share his imaginative journey into a world that’s distorted yet comically familiar and bizarrely disturbing.
“Funny, emotive and gripping. Unforgettable physical theatre in its purest form – the beating heart of the Fringe”
★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Big on heart and spectacle…Highly polished and engagingly performed.” ★★★★ Fringe Guru
“Remarkable piece of physical theatre…a pleasure, a riot and a marvel to behold from start to finish. An absolute delight.”
★★★★ TV Bomb
“Utterly mysterious and absorbing experience. This creative marvel exudes originality… An astounding experience which sets the imagination free.”
★★★★ Ed Fringe Review
Scenes from an Urban Gothic debuted to critical claim at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and was later performed at VAULT Festival 2017.
Extracts from Scenes from an Urban Gothic have also been performed at Camden People's Theatre as part of Whose London is it Anyway?, at Wimbledon College of Art as part of Acts: Re-Acts 3 and at Conway Hall as part of The Testing Ground 4.
Ed Fringe Review
Performed by James Cross
Directed by Des Truscott
Lighting Design by Bruce Allen
Sound Design by Ally Southern
Operated by Nalin Dissanayake
Image by Robyn Slack