Druthers (3 stars)

This article is from 2007.


Multimedia storytelling

Druthers’ Everyman in the attic is hoisted from his hermitage by an entertaining barrage of multimedia performance from Bristol’s Precarious Dance. The company take the opportunity to showcase their very talented wares, making especially beautiful use of live dance combined with video projection of the same movement. Occasionally it seems as though the director has decided it is about time for some video projection, but Druthers remains an example of well integrated media, rather than the usual projections-at-the-back nod towards multimedia.

Amon the eclectic troupe who rouse the Everyman from his retreat is an excellent narrator creation, speaking in the gentle and high-minded tone of Victorian fairytale, giving incitements to travel in verse. A delightful spectacular as this remains, Druthers uses up its tricks early on, and before the final, thrilling liberation, it falls flat with some indulgent trapeze sequences, trying to fill an hour and ten minutes that it did not need. (Tom Tàbori)
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 27 Aug, 8.30pm, £8 (£6).


  • 3 stars

Acclaimed dance company Precarious mix innovative dance with spectacular digital effects.

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