Islands, or how to play dirty and get away with it
Caroline Horton & Co, with China Plate and the Bush Theatre
Currently an Associate at Birmingham Rep, Caroline Horton is an award-winning writer/performer who makes playful experimental work addressing universal social agendas and sometimes difficult subject matter in accessible, engaging and affecting ways. Her work, made with a wide range of collaborators from both the theatre and non-theatre sectors, is text-driven but always incorporates physical storytelling and strong visual imagery and design. Committed to reaching the broadest audiences possible, her shows have been presented in a diverse range of spaces - from rural village halls to schools and universities, from hospitals and nursing homes to studio theatres and festivals - both in the UK and internationally.
Transposed to ‘Haven’ - a bizarre and monstrous world where no-one has to pay for anything - Islands is a black comedy about tax avoidance, enormous greed and the privileged few who have it all. Devised in consultation with The Tax Justice Network and drawing on the grotesque style of bouffon theatre, the show spits in the face of polite, political debate.
Islands was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and Harlow Playhouse.
In the press
"…the year’s most talked about piece of theatre" Andrew Haydon, Postcards From The Gods
"a disgusting, exuberant, foul, eloquent, lavatorial, piece of popular theatre mashed up with performance art" Dan Rebellato
DevisorCaroline Horton, John Biddle, Seiriol Davies, Hannah Ringham, Simon Startin
Number of people on stage5
Number of people in touring company10
Costume, Fake Dead Deer, 5x props boxes, Assorted set, diving board structure (flatpack to 2.5x2.5x1m). This will pack to 15m x 15m volume.
Touring Availability2016 – 2017
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space5m x 10m
Text-basedDense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
Also contains:Sexually Explicit Material, Strong Language, Violence
VenueThe Dissection Room, Summerhall
Production dates22 – 29 AUGUST
Production times1405 – 1545
Duration100 MINS (no interval)
Audience capacity100 – 300
Address119 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3DA
Contact for touring
Devising, writing and bouffon workshops offered.
Caroline specialises in making work in collaboration with non-theatre experts including psychiatrists, psychologists, activists, economists and political scientists. Islands can be performed in conjunction with panel discussions/foyer installations/workshops about tax justice created/curated in conjunction with international and local experts and the Tax Justice Network.
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