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Feast

Feast at Sanctuary, Zoo. Photo: Richard Davenport Feast at Sanctuary, Zoo. Photo: Richard Davenport
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Award-winning Clout Theatre turn their own particular style of performance art to the subject of food. After rain has fallen upon the plot of earth spread across the stage, the three characters slowly emerge from the soil, blinking in the light of day. Their initial impulse after establishing their own presence is for food and the audience is treated to a triptych of rituals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – each one pandering to the primal urge to feed.

Using elements of dance, physical theatre and clowning, each segment deconstructs the feeding process. At breakfast, cereal pours down from the flies and fills the bowls around their necks, reminiscent of children taking on board fuel for the day ahead. Lunch is more sophisticated, the spread is more lavish and gluttony creates a grotesque feeding frenzy. Lethargy kicks in for dinner and the characters become more inquisitive, questioning the passage of the food they have eaten.

Feast is a complex piece of theatre featuring a selection of bizarre yet meticulously choreographed set pieces from the three performers. Behind the wordless anarchy of movement and violent hint of cannibalism that rears its head, Feast holds a mirror up to our feral selves.

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Verdict
Startling physical theatre, deconstructing the ritualism of food and our primal need to feed
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