Icarus 2.0

This article is from 2009.

Icarus 2.0

At a time of extended lives and equally elongated childhoods, people are making decisions in their 30s that previous generations might have thought of in their 20s. This version of the Icarus myth from Camden People's Theatre captures that moment, as well as providing a new commentary, with a genetic engineering theme.

Set on a council estate in London, this piece also contains a social commentary. 'There's a sense of confinement, being in a small space,' says director Matt Ball of the two hander. 'In a council house or a rented flat in London, there's that feeling of being a caged animal. The piece captures that ambition to escape, but if you try you might fall.'

But the team for Icarus 2.0 also brings a biographical element to the piece. 'We've all got different relationships with our fathers and our desire to be fathers. There's two layers to the piece: on one level there's a story going on, and on the other side there are bits of the piece where the performers are themselves and telling stories of their own lives and commenting on the story.'

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–31 Aug (not 18, 25), 3.25pm £9–£10 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £5.

Icarus 2.0

  • 4 stars

Hidden away on a council estate a geneticist has grown himself a son in a jar, in the hope that he can teach it to fly. A funny, twisted and moving story by 2008 Fringe First Award winners.

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