This Is Not Culturally Significant was a highlight of this year’s Vaults Festival. Adam Scott-Rowley delivers an exposing performance that simultaneously shocks and slays his audience. What’s more, he is entirely naked for the whole thing.
If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. That’s Laura Curnick’s mantra anyway. Stand-up comic, her career is taking off, until she melts down on stage, confronted by the fact that she can’t have kids. Caroline Byrne’s Blocked charts Curnick’s journey through three separate stand-up gigs, from mocking mothers, pregnancy and children to lamenting that she can’t experience any of them herself.
They appear awkwardly, all angles and monochrome; pallid faces, wide-eyed and cautious. There is an immediate comedy in their gloom, an abstract performance of heart-warming intent. After all, this is the Victorian times – an era of windy Yorkshire moors, of creaky old mansions and prolonged, drawn-out silences.
Lucy Pevensie, Lucy Barfield and Lucy Grace – fictional child, real-life muse and storyteller, Lucy Grace embodies all three in Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield. It’s inspired by a magical tale that has captured the minds of millions of children around the world, the escapism that comes from wishing to walk through a wardrobe and discover a whole new world full of magic and mystery.