Hippo World Guest Book/Longwave

This article is from 2007.

Goode things come in twos

When Chris Goode called his company Signal to Noise he was thinking about the nature of communication. The two shows he’s bringing to the Fringe this year are a case in point. Hippo World Guest Book, produced by Festival Highlights, draws on the written communication of the internet; Longwave, produced by Signal to Noise, is about two scientists who make no verbal communication at all, relying on a radio for company.

Goode, who has sadly cancelled a third show, Henry and Elizabeth, stars in Hippo World Guest Book, an edited version of a real website discussion between hippo fans that was interrupted by cyber invaders. ‘I had a misadventure on Google and ended up on this page,’ he says. ‘I found these two hippo enthusiasts protecting their territory from these subversive interlopers. The drama of it was a brilliant evocation of a basic freedom-of-speech conflict.’

Longwave, by contrast, is an exercise in speech avoidance. ‘I wanted to see how articulate two actors could be with nothing,’ he says. ‘It’s worked wonderfully.’ (Mark Fisher)

Hippo World Guest Book, Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 4–27 Aug (not 8, 15), 2.40pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8). Previews until 3 Aug, 2.40pm, £5; Longwave, Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0870 745 3083, 19–26 Aug, 11am, £9–£10 (£8–£9)

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