Sat 10 Feb 2024 (19:30)
Al Seed Productions and Vanishing Point in partnership with Beacon Arts Centre and Tramway
Renowned visual theatre maker Al Seed presents his latest striking work, Plinth.
A statue stands upon a plinth – a lightning rod for collective memory. Shocked into life, the statue descends into the war zone which surrounds it. Tormented by images of conflict, the statue battles to comprehend the world into which it has been thrust. As awareness grows, a monstrous transformation ensues.
Abstract, unearthly, and powerfully visceral, Plinth is a poetic exploration of statues as artefacts of war, particularly with reference to the archetypal figure of the ‘hero’. Within the performance, Seed reimagines the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur – perhaps the ultimate story of ‘hero’ versus ‘other’.
Plinth is the latest in a series of performances Al Seed has created around the theme of conflict and the politics of its remembrance, the last of these being Oog which won the Total Theatre Award for Best Visual / Physical Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe.
This world premiere, co-produced with Vanishing Point, is full of rich imagery and astonishing movement.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – In telling this story, or evoking these images, Seed deploys an extraordinary range of wordless movement and performance… At every moment, though, this wordless journey through human ways and history, and through our deep relationship with the animal in ourselves, is delivered with a precision, artistry, and intensity that is often breathtaking.THE SCOTSMAN
Written and Performed by Al Seed
Dramaturg Niloo-Far Khan
Production Management Niall Black
Costume & Prop Design and Stage Management Zephyr Liddell
Lighting Design and Show Operation Alberto Santos Bellido
Set Design Kai Fischer
Sound Design Guy Veale
Costume Maker Emily Smit-Dicks
Prop Painter Jen Kilgour
Metalwork Technician Emma Hyslop
Produced by Al Seed Productions and Vanishing Point
ASP is very grateful for the producing support provided by Claricia Parinussa during development, and for consultancy from Charlene Boyd, Judith Milligan and Hilary Westlake.
Supported by Creative Scotland.
Access: accessible for non-English speaking and D/deaf audience members.
Recommended for ages 14+ (features implied violence)
Running time – 50mins (no interval)
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