21:30, Tue 7th November 2023 at Pembroke New Cellars
Michaelmas Week 5
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*much of these are present in the dialogue as a means of subversive reorientation rather than the action, of the scripts, but are still referenced quite explicitly
“I’ll tell you what love is. Love is a precious thread you lose when you start to think. Love is a wide wide field of utter purity and it doesn’t exist - beds and carpets of snow flowers, drift stars of innocence, original light, embryonic sun, planet of lucid crystals, bruises like a virgin to the fumbling human senses, isn’t there.”
We are putting together a pastiche of Jeff Nuttall’s performance scripts, a collection of experimental, surrealist and expressionist writing which, in the author’s own words, tries to ‘punch holes in reality by weaving fiction and absurdity into the patterns of lives of unsuspecting citizens’. Comedy, farce, the ideas of Strindberg and Artaud, Tzara and the Absurdists, are all present, but the poetry, the humour, the sex
and outrage, the sense of unreality and fright are all reborn in the corporeal, graphic expression of Nuttall’s text. His writing turns inward, towards the complexity and disposability of the human condition, and how this in turn can be wielded against the authority of the powers that be.