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NEWS: TRON ANNOUNCE LA PERFORMANCE – A BRITISH COUNCIL-FUNDED COLLAB WITH INTERNATIONAL VISUAL THEATRE, PARIS

Following Tron Theatre’s extremely encouraging Spring-Summer 2022 season, they have announced the first Tron Theatre Company production of the Autumn season – an extraordinary piece of devised visual theatre entitled La Performance.

In a British Council-funded international collaboration, Andy Arnold will create and direct this new work inspired by the poetic realism of classic French cinema, with theatre-maker and actor Ramesh Meyyappan, celebrated deaf performer and director of the International Visual Theatre, Emmanuelle Laborit, alongside composer and performer Ross Whyte.

Two actors, Her and Him rehearse backstage for a performance. When the curtain goes up, a clown and the woman the clown adores, perform the rehearsed routines. But things go wrong. They argue. Who is it arguing though? Her and Him or their characters?

Says Andy of the show: ‘IVT- International Visual Theatre, Paris first came onto my radar after working with Tron Associate, Ramesh Meyyappan on his show Off Kilter and to now be able to devise a piece of entirely visual work with him and Emmanuelle has been a very exciting experience. Taking our inspiration from classic French cinema of the 1940s, with its emotional intensity and combination of comedy and tragedy, we hope that La Performance will draw audiences deeply into the story of a complicated and doomed relationship. Expressive, extraordinarily beautiful and painfully real at the same time, it will be our homage to that French cinematic genre as well as a rare insight backstage, both before and after a theatre performance, where the atmosphere is heavy with nervous tension.’

Incorporating innovative sound and lighting design, La Performance will be wholly without dialogue, making it accessible to both hearing and non-hearing audiences. Examining the opposition between life and art, and the depth of human emotion, expressed in visual storytelling, it will be a unique, cross-cultural collaboration.

La Performance will open at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow on the 12th October and run until the 22nd October.  It will then transfer to the International Visual Theatre in Paris, where it will run from 8th – 20th November.

Tickets for the Tron Theatre run of La Performance are available to book online at tron.co.uk, by telephone on 0141 552 4267, text phone 18001 0141 552 4267 or in person at the Box Office.

Image: Vincent Quenot

REVIEW: W-hat About? – Platform, Glasgow

An ageing Scottish hat maker is preparing for a visit from his teenaged Italian granddaughters who he hasn’t seen since they were toddlers, in Fuora Dance Project’s beautifully crafted dance drama, W-hat About?

An international, intergenerational tale of misunderstanding, memory and remembrance, it moves from awkward introductions, communication mishaps, teenage strops, ultimately to acceptance and celebration where the family members’ mutual creativity brings them together to remember the person they have loved and lost.

Played out on a simplistic but extremely imaginative set, the choreography is exquisite, expressive and eye-catching, it is also perfectly crafted to capture the imagination of the tiny audience members for whom it was created. That said, it is equally vibrant for the grown ups too. The way in which the language barrier is represented, the contrast between granddad’s lilting Scots and the rapid-fire Italian of the teenage girls is cleverly done. The use of shadow play is also hauntingly beautiful as the story reaches its conclusion.

At just 45 minutes long, W-hat About? is an exemplary piece of children’s theatre: filled with clever visuals, arresting choreography and a story that captures the hearts and minds of both young and old.

Continues on tour around Scotland.

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub