This is a show about Lying
Think Donald Trump, Brexit and The Trojan Horse.
Think Charles Dawson and his skull of the Piltdown man.
Think P.T. Barnum and George Washington’s 161-year-old nursemaid, Joice Heth.
Beyond the big, the bold and the bad, there exists a world of untruths that – ultimately – constitute what it means to be human.
Think lies to strangers, co-workers, friends and family.
Lying is woven into the fabric of our everyday – our daily fictions sold as facts as a means of protection, promotion and manipulation.
‘I am fine, how are you?’
This is a show about Lying is a cabaret-meets-contemporary-dance show, performed by a cast of five dance, theatre and circus artists exploring the good, the bad and the ugly of lying.
The Woman who likes to Please - dressed in a red floor-length gown, her lies are an attempt to be liked. She makes endless promises of being the tallest, the quickest and the wisest - but they are always under delivered. A FABULIST.
The Person who wants to Fit In - dressed in a red denim jacket and matching top hat, who, in an effort to be accepted, performs magic tricks, cheap magic tricks. A PHONY.
The Lady who is Above it All - dressed in a red leotard and skirt, she is often found on the trapeze. Full of good will and an air of righteousness, she knows right from wrong, yes from no, and up from down - she will do anything to tell you otherwise. A FIBBER.
The Men who like to be The Same - dressed in matching red fake leather trousers and long sleeved turtle-neck tee-shirts, they are your Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee of This is a show about Lying. THE TRICKSTERS.
Choreographer: Lizzie J Klotz
Performers: Alex Rowland, Alys North, Charlie Dearnley, João Maio +
Dramaturg: Rosa Postlethwaite
Artistic Advisors: Nathan Johnston + Tom Cassani
Sound Designer: Jack Burton
Designer: Bethany Wells
Length: 60 minutes
This is a show about Lying is a Dance City commission, supported by Northumberland Arts Development, ARC and Kala Sangam, using public funding by Arts Council England.