A twinset of performances, Edward Bond’s CND commissioned Passion and the New Wolsey Young Company’s devised response Demo certainly offer a lot of bang for your buck. And before you ask: this isn’t simply an excuse for an outrageously lazy pun.
From the off Passion provides an excellent balance of satirical absurdity and bone-crushing grativas, the marksmen performers perfectly nailing both the Carry On campery and the profound futility of the original text. Some simply divine performances from the New Wolsey Young Company guarantee to have you howling with laughter even whilst you’re dragged down into the murky waters of human hubris.
Demo is, if anything, even more striking than it’s inspiration. A simple collection of thirteen performers and thirteen microphones, this piece is a cleverly devised and choreographed look at the actors’ personal views of freedom. Blindingly honest and yet compellingly insightful, Demo offers a truly redemptive picture of our modern world and shows that even if you aren’t a political commentator you can still care about the future.
Simply an excellent way to spend a Saturday night.
Photography: Mike Kwasniak