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 floor-length red velvet gown, whose lies are an attempt to be liked – more. She makes endless promises of being the tallest, the quickest, the wisest – but they are always under delivered – in lies. A FIBBER.
The Person who does not Fit In - dressed in a red tweed three-piece suit and matching top hat, who, in an attempt be accepted, performs magic tricks – ‘shit’ magic tricks. A PHONY.
The Lady who says it How It Is - dressed in a red leotard and net skirt, embellished with an excessive amount of sequins, who is often found on the trapeze – ‘above it all’. She is known for her elaborate stories – an imagination unfettered by the laws of logic and probability. A FABULIST – although she thinks she is fabulous.
The Men who like to be The Same - dressed in – matching – red striped lycra dungarees and red turtle-neck long-sleeved tee-shirts, who are your Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee of This is a show about Lying. THE TRICKSTERS.
This is a show about Lying is a Dance City commission, supported by Northumberland Arts Development, Kala Sangam and ARC, using public funding by Arts Council England.