Preview: The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole
Sharklegs' latest show Fringe show is making every heartbeat count
This article is from 2016.
With an exciting combination of puppetry, three actors, a toy pig and a marble run, Sharklegs bring their Les Enfant Terribles 2016 award winner to the Fringe. The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole poses the question: if you know how many finite heart beats remained in your life, how would you make the most of what you had left?
‘The audience will see and experience something that they rarely even notice,’ the continue. ‘But it is with them every second of every day.’ Through the fanciful tale of Plimsole, who hoards his heartbeats and ponders how emotional upset has changed his life, Sharklegs present an intimate, emotional and yet technologically fascinating experience.
The audience will be invited to participate in the performance in an unusual, high tech and yet poetic manner. ‘We are using heart rate monitors during the show which will measure the audiences’ heartbeats,’ the company explain. ‘The collective heartbeats will be totalled and used to make decisions about what happens.’
This inventive use of technology is a key example of Sharklegs’s approach to visual theatre, encouraging the audience to see the beauty and creativity within their own lives through performance and engage actively in the making of a subtle tale of potential and heartbreak.
Pleasance Dome (10 Dome), 3 –29 Aug, 1.40pm.