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Last Orders (David Hughes Dance Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2011

Ferocious, savage, imaginatively bizarre, this is a performance infused with simmering malevolence. Based on the mysterious Scottish cannibal, Sawney Bean, the piece interweaves crazy nightclub scenes complete with cheesy music with a dark underground world of unsettling paper animal masks in a series of striking hallucinations. Wisely director Al Seed decides not to depict the actual flesh-eating, limb-tearing action, preferring to leave the horror to our imagination, and this lends a disturbing subtlety to the tale. Each of the five talented dancers gives an impressive performance, fusing absurdity, vulnerability and brutality with elements taken from a range of dance disciplines. “Last Orders” physically conjures a horrific story which is at once accessible and strikingly expressed.

Traverse Theatre, 16 – 28 Aug (not 22), times vary, £12.00 – £19.00, fpp173.
tw rating 4/5