The Lie-in, the Itch and the Whore's Robe
Ikea-style physical theatre
This article is from 2008.
This comment on the consumerist ideology that holds us all together like a gargantuan supermarket carrier bag, imparts the notion of an overly ordered life with a fairly diverting blend of dance and rhyme. As a shrieking, nagging housewife coerces her seemingly downtrodden, and certainly speechless, husband into jumping on the rat race bandwagon, the effect of her ceaseless tirade becomes apparent as her beloved begins to crack.
An appropriately pounding, piercing soundtrack accompanies this disconcerting look at our incessant need to organise everything from people to socks in a multi-faceted Ikea drawer system. A simple hospital-bed set is put to good use as both performers explore the space around them with childish exuberance. The suggestion that perhaps human interaction is more important than material possessions is welcome, if a little obvious, though the fact that it's all brought about by the love of possessions provides a clever irony. A sharpening of both physical performances would certainly enhance the experience, which, promising as it is, lacks the depth and colour to truly match the company's vision.
Rocket @ Demarco Roxy Art House, 0871 750 0077, until 23 Aug, 5.20pm, £7 (£5.50).