Pigmalion Zoo (2 stars)

Disappointing absurdist piece exploring family, advertising and religion


This article is from 2013.

Pigmalion Zoo

Set in a surreal world, where an unnamed God of unknown denomination has been found dead in a Sainsbury’s car park, OLTA’s Pigmalion Zoo delves into a world where advertising and reality TV hold the power, and where gods can be made and destroyed simply by auditioning.

Following the eponymous Pigmalion and his wife, this show chronicles their attempts to train their abused and feral daughter to seduce, or perhaps be raped, by the new God, who is set to be chosen during the ‘Holy PG Tips’ audition.

Pablo Fuentes’ Pigmalion Zoo is a piece of absurdist writing, and the play waltzes between the surreal and downright bizarre. Themes of abuse and cruelty, coupled with moments of sinister depravity dominate the piece, often overshadowing more relevant themes, such as the power of brands and corporations and the cult of celebrity.

Visually stunning, but structurally disappointing, Pigmalion Zoo is an unsatisfying show that becomes too weighed down by its own absurdist notions to make the necessary impact on its audience.

C Nova, 0845 260 1234, until 26 Aug, 3.30pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£5.50–£7.50).

This article is from 2013.

Pigmalion Zoo

  • 2 stars

OLTA. In a decrepit and bankrupt city, God's body was found dead in a Sainsbury's car park. Since then, the annual Holy PG Tips competition has been held allowing citizens to audition to become the new God. Pigmalion is training his daughter to seduce God, believing He will come back from the dead and marry her. The…


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