ANYONE’S GUESS HOW WE GOT HERE Barrel Organ ZOO, Mon 14–Mon 28 Aug, 12.45pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10). Preview Sun 13 Aug, £7. Multi award–winning company Barrel Organ return with their third show, following 2014’s Nothing and 2015’s Some People Talk About Violence. Commissioned by and developed at Camden People’s Theatre, with support from Manchester Royal Exchange.
(FEAR) Mr and Mrs Clark ZOO, Sun 6–Mon 28 Aug (not 9, 15, 22), 7.10pm (11.45am on 21–28 Aug), £10 (£8). Previews Fri 4 & Sat 5 Aug, £5. A solo male performer (Gareth Clark) takes to the stage in full confessional mode. (FEAR) explores a world full of news stories about war, terror and deadly illnesses, and asks if society wants us to feel safe. South Wales’ live art duo Mr and Mrs Clark follow up their Amnesty International shortlisted show, Smash It Up, with another performance questioning the way we live. THE CONCRETE JUNGLE BOOK HighRise Theatre in association with artsdepot ZOO, Sun 6–Mon 14 Aug, 3.30pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10). Previews Fri 4 & Sat 5 Aug, £7. A new hip hop reimagining of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, complete with live rap, grime and spoken word. Developed alongside young people with experience of homelessness, The Concrete Jungle Book moves the story to inner-city Britain, as Mo(wgli) makes his way through the urban environment looking for a father i gure.
ALIVE: MUSIC FOR NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Civil Disobedience presents Modern Robot ZOO, Sun 6–Mon 28 Aug (not 16), 10pm, £10 (£8). Previews Fri 4 & Sat 5 Aug, £7. Made on a shoestring budget, George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead redei ned the horror i lm genre in 1968. Modern Robot’s Ben Singer presents a live music performance to accompany an edited version of the i lm, with a mostly improvised score bringing together contemporary instruments and the tradition of silent cinema.
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NOCTURNES imitating the dog ZOO, Mon 21–Sat 26 Aug, 5pm, £14 (£12). A multimedia twist on a 50s spy thriller. Acclaimed theatremakers imitating the dog are the company behind A Farewell to Arms (2014) and The Train (2016), and this new show questions how we see reality in a post-truth world. Nocturnes tells the story of two spies awaiting orders in a Berlin apartment in the Russian Zone, each voicing a i lm they can’t see and never acknowledge. Part of the British Council Showcase. ON ONE CONDITION Dan Daw Creative Projects and Murmuration ZOO Southside, Tue 22–Mon 28 Aug, 11.15am, £14 (£12). Previews Sun 20 & Mon 21 Aug, £9. Based on Dan Daw’s own experiences and set in his childhood home, On One Condition asks audiences to question their perceptions of normal. 2017 Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award winner for Best Theatre. Directed by Graham Adey.
SLAP AND TICKLE Liz Aggiss ZOO, Mon 21–Sat 26 Aug, 7.10pm, £10 (£8). Slap and Tickle draws on a range of practices, from spoken word to feminist dance, to create an eclectic work that comments on cultural mores and sexual taboos. Conceived, written, choreographed and performed by live artist Liz Aggiss. Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017. WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY! OR, A GUIDE TO MANAGING SOCIAL ANXIETY USING THEORETICAL PHYSICS Running Dog Theatre ZOO Southside, Sun 6–Mon 28 Aug (not 16), 9.30pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10). Previews Fri 4 & Sat 5 Aug, £5. Mixing storytelling, live music and physical comedy, this new one-man show from Exeter- based Running Dog Theatre is part physics lecture, part dance lesson and part school disco. Wanna Dance with Somebody! explores social anxiety and coping mechanisms – with, of course, plenty of dancing.
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