Hugh Hughes in . . . Story of a Rabbit
A Brechtian take on rabbits, death and dads
This article is from 2007.
Self described ‘emerging artist from Wales’, the endearing Hugh Hughes eagerly addresses the age old question of death: what it is, what happens, and how differently we all react to the inevitable. He intermingles the story of a rabbit’s death with that of his father, leading to equally poignant and funny moments. He encourages us to remember different points from our own lives and ponder some philosophical questions, such as what it would be like if we were made up entirely from bits of potato.
The pieces of film, projections, captions, music and lighting effects combine to create a visual feast with Brechtian intent. Using multi-media to exemplify the diverse ways of looking at things, he urges the audience to edit their own version of the show according to their sightlines, just as we all approach aspects of life with different views and opinions. The piece is further broken up with cups of tea, friendly chats and catchy songs including the original ‘Death Is All Around’. It’s a gentle comedy about dealing with death in life.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 14, 20), 5.30pm, £9–£11 (£7.50–£9.50).