ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Dance & Physical Theatre Reviews

Images (Backhand Theatre in association with C Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

Given the title, it’s surprising how much of this collection of wistful vignettes plays out in total darkness. Setting out to explore the confusion of modern life through dance, monologue and circus, Backhand Theatre create an extremely sparse visual environment, relying on text – and the viewer’s imagination – to fill in the blanks. Overly earnest dialogue is broken up by competent but mechanical movement, fragments of choreography and a little token trapeze work. A brief slideshow projection adds multimedia to the mix but it all feels unnecessary, underdeveloped or just unconnected. It’s a shame, because when the two performers convey the loneliness and wonder they’re looking for, there’s a real spark. Ultimately, though, there’s not much to see here.

C eca, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15), 4:30pm (5:10pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp172.
tw rating 2/5