The Sum Of It All...

This article is from 2010.

The Sum Of It All...

Storytelling to the fore in melancholic, stimulating multimedia extravaganza

Anomic is a brand new company, never before seen at the Fringe – but the style of the company’s debut, The Sum Of It All..., will ring some bells for Zoo regulars. Dan Shorten, Anomic’s artistic director, was also a co-founder of Precarious, and the marriage of performance and multimedia that made that company so invigorating is still a vital part of his work.

Anomic, however, isn’t simply Precarious by another name. The backdrop to The Sum Of It All... is a mosaic of projections and 50-inch TV screens – but Shorten insists that, unlike in some of Precarious’ shows, storytelling will take precedence over visual ingenuity.

‘With Precarious we always approached the subject matter from a visual perspective,’ he says. ‘At times the work lacked focus and clarity. I’m trying to focus very clearly on one character’s emotional journey.’

That character is Stanley Ayers, whose humdrum existence drives him to contemplate taking an extreme and disturbing decision. The show promises to be melancholic and introspective, yet energetic and stimulating – which, where Shorten’s concerned, needn’t be a contradiction.

Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, 8–30 Aug (not 14), 8.35pm, £10 (£7). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £5.

The Sum of It All...

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Award-winning director Dan Shorten, co-founder of Precarious, introduces his new company Anomic. This heartfelt story laments the central character's journey from banality through love to despair. At once witty and melancholic the story explores the tragic decisions, unsettling circumstances and extreme emotions which…


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