Drunken Chorus will present their brand new show, Love And Then Lighthouses, at Tristan Bates Theatre in April as part of FIRST Festival of Solo Performance.
90’s indie gigs, teenage angst and a boat journey through a raging storm are the themes in Love And Then Lighthouses. A semi-autobiographical performance using imagined stories, fantasy indie gigs and singing fish, it tells anallegorical tale of a little boat who is thrown off course by a storm. Filled with despair, the boat doesn’t know which way to turn and faces the very real possibility of her own demise.
Drunken Chorus will present Love And Then Lighthouses as part of London’s FIRST Festival of Solo Performance from 27 – 29 April. The show aims to encourage people to find their own way of exploring and talking about mental health issues – both their own and those of others. Heavily metaphorical yet deeply personal, Love And Then Lighthouses explores the fine balance of life’s ups and downs and the turbulent waters of adolescence. Music, specifically that of Pulp, Jarvis Cocker and of 90s indie in general, plays a major part in the show, portraying the therapeutic role that music can often play for young people with feelings of isolation and of struggling to find their place in the world.
The theatre company have also collaborated with Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre (GLYPT), mentoring five young female artists to create new short pieces of theatre all related to themes of mental health and identity, which will be performed alongside Love And Then Lighthouses over the three nights. GLYPT’s Progression programme is an Arts Council England funded project that helps creative young people and emerging artists to find career routes in the arts. The five short pieces explore issues relating to disability, race, anxiety, social pressures, eating disorders and social media/ online video platforms.
Drunken Chorus is a contemporary performance company based in London. Under the direction of Chris Williams and Sheena Holliday, the company creates a range of theatre shows and events in London, around the UK and abroad. Whilst the company’s work often changes dramatically from one project to the next, it has at its core a strong visual style. The work often plays with theatrical landscapes through text, soundscapes and movement sequences.
Love And The Lighthouse plays Tristan Bates Theatre as part of FIRST Festival for Solo Performance from 27 -29 April. For more information and to book tickets, please visit the website. Images courtesy of Marianne Chua.