After success at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre Témoin arrive at London’s VAULT Festival in March with FEED, a devised show which brings the company’s vibrant visual style to the world of click-bait culture, fake news and cyber gluttony. Time to get booking!
Welcome to the stimulating world of FEED where emotions are the currency and your passions and fantasies will be indulged… for a price. Theatre Témoin’s latest show runs at VAULT Festival from 6 to 10 March 2019, with six, nightly performances at 7.45pm.
A Palestinian woman takes a striking photograph of a boy. A journalist steals the image for an unrelated article. A blogger is moved to tears by the article and posts a tribute. An SEO specialist makes the blogger’s tribute go viral. Now all four are caught in a media storm, in a whirring story that moves from reality into dark fantasy as the algorithms spin to deliver ‘what people want’. As we progress through these individual’s stories, we see them spiral out of control as they get pulled into the online madness.
…. a disquieting glimpse into the festering heart of the Internet, told with a darkness and vibrancy that compulsively grips…. There’s a fascinating fluidity to Feed as it stretches and swells, enhancing and exaggerating until there’s blood on the floor, vicious internet trolls at the gates, and Peck is the devil incarnate – The Stage
Theatre Témoin have always been unafraid of tackling important issues and here they explore the dark absurdity of today’s media landscape and what capitalism has turned it into. FEED uses a surreal style interweaved with Bouffon physicality to look at how algorithms and capitalism are shaping the information we receive and consume online and how this information is, in turn, shaping us.
Director Ailin Conant comments:
“I think, as a consumer, I’m used to the idea that companies are after my money. But the moment you realise that your time and your feelings are for sale, and that companies will use your own arousal (be it anger or excitement or addiction) just to keep you on your screen… I start to feel like my body, my brain, my organism is being hijacked. This is the discomfort that drove us to create Feed.”
The FEED cast are Jonathan Peck, Louise Lee, Yasmine Yagchi and Nina Cassells. Playwright Eve Leigh has contributed to the devised script, with Chris Thorpe as mentoring dramaturg. The production has set and costumes by Helen Coyston, sound by Ross Flight and movement by Dorie Kinnear. Ina Berggren is stage and production manager, Fiona Mason is producer.
FEED is a co-production with The Lowry and the Everyman Cheltenham and is supported by Arts Council England and the Charles Irving Trust.
About Theatre Témoin
Theatre Témoin is a physical theatre company dedicated to socially engaged collaborations in the creation of new work that is daring, engaging, and fun. Other recent productions of The Marked (“a rollercoaster ride that pulls no punches” – British Theatre Guide) and The Fantasist (“achingly beautiful … incredible stagework that will blow you away”– The Sunday Times) toured internationally to critical acclaim.
The company make work in dialogue with communities who have direct experience of the subjects explored. In developing FEED, Theatre Témoin ran 18 months of theatre workshops with data researchers and young people around social media and the attention economy.
Based in London, the company’s work has toured throughout the UK, and to Norway, Ireland, France, USA, Mexico, Rwanda, India, Israel, and Lebanon.
As part of the 2019 Vault Festival, FEED runs from 6 to 10 March at The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN. Performances (one hour) run nightly at 7.45pm. Tickets are priced £15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!