Category Archives: Dance and Physical Theatre

Leo : Circle of Eleven. St George’s West. Venue 157 Aug 5th to 29th

Circle of Eleven brings us a one man, voice free show, mind-blowing in its skill, creativity and originality of concept.  It has to be seen to be believed – and even then, you’ll be left wondering…

For its wide appeal, witness the happy grins stretched across every face, as we left the auditorium, still high with astonishment and delight.

Tobias Wegner is Leo, a pork pie hatted man with a suitcase, stuck in a bleak room, with only his imagination for company.  Next to his boxed set,  a screen, onto which his every, precisely choreographed move is simultaneously projected – only his action is shifted through 90 degrees, so when live Leo is lying down, filmed Leo is standing up.

With a unique amalgamation of gravity defying visual and cinematic effects, aided only by his suitcase, a piece of chalk, a tenor sax and that pork pie hat, Wegner, the multitalented performer of circus and clowning background, plays with our emotions throughout an increasingly surreal tale with a nightmarish, whirlwind, fugue like climax.  I won’t give away the perfect ending!

Physical theatre at its best, this world première deserves every accolade it’s sure to get.  Catch it if you possibly can.

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Snails and Ketchup: Ramesh Meyyappan in association with Iron-Oxide. New Town Theatre, Venue 7 Aug 4th to 28th

I will never look at a snail with repulsion again.

Onto a moodily lit stage, hung with groups of ropes artfully suggesting lianas and a treetop hideaway, an enormous image of a family of four is briefly projected.  Enter a slight man, dressed in loose, cut off tan trousers and white shirt. Yet surely, by the time he reaches centre stage, he has become a woman preparing herself to meet the day.  A woman with a compulsion to sew – everything – including her children’s skin…

You are drawn inexorably into the strange, often grotesque world of a young boy’s dysfunctional family – his deviously disturbed twin sister, violently abusive father and tragically damaged mother. Small wonder our hero finally escapes to live high up in the forest, finding enchantment in the friendship of hundreds of snails.

With unrivalled skill and breathtaking physicality, Glasgow based Singaporean Ramesh Meyyappan, whose creation this is, moves seamlessly to become each character, including the snails, as he wordlessly unfolds before us, a folk tale reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm at their darkest. Helping us keep apace of the complex narrative is the fabulous live piano accompaniment, which mirrors every nuance of the action.

For me, this was a wonderful show.