Posted on 05/03/2010
Since 2005, David Williams (Reader in Practice in the Department of Drama and Theatre at RHUL) has collaborated as company dramaturg with Lone Twin Theatre on a cycle of three performances, The Catastrophe Trilogy
. The cycle will be performed in its entirety at the Barbican in London in March, as part of BITE 2010, and then on tour in the UK and Europe. The three performances – Alice Bell
, Daniel Hit By A Train
, The Festival
– can be seen separately or as a ‘marathon’ cycle in one day.
Directed by Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters (Lone Twin), internationally known for their duo work and other public projects over the last 10 years, Lone Twin Theatre comprises a group of five performers from diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds. The company’s initial focus was to explore narrative forms and structures in a simple traverse staging, a presentational and relational performance space of proximity, encounter and exchange. Throughout, there has also been a shared enthusiasm for music, song and dance, without any of the company members necessarily being ‘expert’ in these areas. They have approached devising with the buoyant, untutored energies of a newly formed band.
Ultimately all three performances – Alice Bell, Daniel Hit By A Train and The Festival – present differing conceptions and experiences of catastrophe in stories of love, conflict, failure, loss and compromise. However the ‘catastrophic’ here, whether epic or intimate, social or domestic, is always contoured with hope and the possibility of change. Ultimately the performances, playfully minimalist pieces of music-theatre, suggest a kind of proto-Brecht discovered by intelligent children.
Later this year, the first book about Lone Twin’s work (co-edited by David Williams and Carl Lavery) will be published by Black Mountain Press.
For further information about The Catastrophe Trilogy, and full details of dates at the Barbican and on tour, please see the ‘Lone Twin Theatre’ and ‘Diary’ links on the Lone Twin website at: http://www.lonetwin.com - or the Barbican website at: http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/