This is a show about Lying
The Trojan Horse.
P.T. Barnum and George Washington’s 161-year-old nursemaid, Joice Heth.
Charles Dawson and the skull of the Piltdown man.
Beyond the lies of the notorious, there exists a world of untruths that – ultimately – constitute what it means to be human. Most of us are adept at lying. Our ability to lie is as fundamental as our ability to trust others. Lying is woven into our fabric - to lie is to be human.
This is a show about Lying is a cabaret-meets-contemporary-dance show, exploring the good, the bad and the ugly of lying.
Performed by a cast of five dance, theatre and circus artists, This is a show about Lying is structured around a series of acts, using caricatures of the everyday as a means of better understand ourselves - and specifically, the act 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, using public funding by Arts Council England.