Wednesday, 20 March 2019

The Swamp and the Sail. Pegasus Theatre 7:00pm 11th April 2019 £2.50/£1.00.

 My new show - Conceived, written and performed by Karen Kay (oooo that's me).
Meet Second Born.  She lives in a town not quite matching Oxford... in a world not quite matching ours. She makes beautiful cloth out of rain and possibility. She wonders ‘who cares’; ‘what difference do tiny things make?’.

Her odd friends are never far away:  the unicorn who lives beyond time; a boy who can fix anything; his clockwork grandmother; the nightmare eater.   

This is a tale about collecting and finding; creating beauty out of almost nothing;  friendship and family; imagination and science.

With a blend of theatrical invention, story telling, live music and songs, The Swamp and the Sail is an enchanting tale for our times.

The Nightmare Eater (a.k.a) Horatio lives in the sulphurous swamp. 
Most mornings, he heads into town calling:
'Nightmares, nightmares! I’m following the pheromones of your dark dreams. Will you sell your nightmares to me madame? Bring me your night visitors and I'll buy them for a bright coin.'

The Nightmare Eater

Written and performed by Karen Kay (Voice and Keyboards). Props: Andrew Kay, Theater Didymus, Tentacle Studio and Emma Shipley.

Personal Note
Why Why Why on earth would anyone want to create a show in this moment in time? Not only that, but one with a mixture of stories, songs, masks, rhymes, spacetime telescopes, bears, crows, clocks and mayhem too. The thing is....the show is about a young woman who wonders about the point of her tiny efforts.  What difference does it make if she makes beautiful things out of rain or not? I've asked myself similar questions many times for me the 'rain' is music. It does matter! That's why I made the show and as life appears to become more and more uncertain, I find myself more and more in love with the material, the characters and the message. Until the 11th! See you there!

This work is supported by CARU | Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit.
CARU | Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit is an interdisciplinary research platform led by arts researchers and practitioners from an array of disciplines and international backgrounds. CARU promotes an ethos of collaborative practice by organising and participating in diverse cultural activities, from academic seminars and conferences to exhibitions of artworks and performances.