Scenes from an Urban Gothic
Welcome to Theatre Imaginers' tour pack for Scenes from an Urban Gothic.
This is a space where you can understand more about Theatre Imaginers and their critically acclaimed, one-man, physical performance, Scenes from an Urban Gothic.
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About Scenes from an Urban Gothic
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.
About Theatre Imaginers
Theatre Imaginers are James Cross and Des Truscott. Together, they create detailed worlds out of thin air, rich in possibility, right before your very eyes…
Using the body as material, they employ a physical language which is clear and recognisable yet has the ability to ignite the imagination and transport an audience into another world.
James and Des started working together in summer 2014 after meeting at Middlesex University. Together, through Des' vast experience as a director, teacher and performer, and James' physical genius, they've been creating a highly visual, skill-based method focused on the creation of exciting, physical, imaginative theatre.
Theatre Imaginers aim to imaginatively engage an audience through the suggestive possibilities of performance. They do this by creating simple, recognisable moments on stage using only the essential elements - body, costume, lighting, sound- allowing space for an audience to ‘colour’ the performance with their own thoughts, actively and imaginatively engaging with the action, conjuring their own world around the performer on stage.
Venue: The piece is performed end on and is adaptable to a variety of stage/auditorium sizes; smallest venue performed in: 3 metre square stage; largest venue [Cavern Vault at VAULT Festival]: 20 metres x 7 metres stage. Any dimensions ofstage/ auditorium within these parameters is acceptable.
On the road: Four - two technicians, one performer, one director/ company manager
Duration of show: One hour, no interval
Age restriction: 12+
Requirements listed are a guideline for touring venues. We choose to work in a flexible, adaptable manner and, though the core performance remains the same, we can tailor Scenes from an Urban Gothic according to each venue's specific facilities.
Get in/ get out requirements: Four hours get in and one hour get out on the same day
Sound: Played through QLab via AUX cable to a minimum of two house speakers but can utilise up to six. Company to provide laptop.
Lighting: We would bring five LED floor lights with stands but can utilise whatever extra equipment rig that the venue has. The more facility the venue has the more visually heightened the show becomes.
Projection: Optional but one projector (2500 lumen or more) that can fill an entire screen or cyclorama rigged upstage would be ideal.