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Reformation9 (Luther & Bockelson)

By | Published on Saturday 22 August 2015


Googling Luther & Bockelson is a fool’s errand. The performance duo, evidently from Germany, have no website. Elsewhere, you find loud words that say little: “iconoclastic”, “lunatic”, “infamous”. Lyn Gardner once called them “splendidly insane” or “sublimely insane” – as happens with shady figures, sources disagree. After ‘Reformation 9′ (paging the Beatles), here’s what I can tell you: this is a pick-your-own performance, and you should wear easily laundered clothes and be ready to sing, dance or play with barbed wire. The show, with a lovingly anarchic aesthetic and kitchen-sink approach to props, aims to probe differences between the U.K. and continental Europe, and to ask whether revolution is about destruction or creation. The answer depends on each night’s audience. And as for ol’ L&B? Well, what’s it matter who they are? Or – ahem – if they are?

Forest Fringe, Out Of The Blue Drill Hall.
tw rating 3/5 | [Rebecca Jacobson]