Schlock

performance created in collaboration with Uninvited Guests

“An abundance of intellect and sharp performance style, trauma made manifest in the hammering of a racing heart” The Guardian

“Uninvited Guests deliver their most intense excavation of that melancholy zone where extreme, often deeply personal experience meets the detritus of the pop-cultural information age” The Stage

Schlock collides the real with the really fake. Personal experiences of bodily trauma and the fear of accidents or violent attacks encounter the erotics of TV hospital dramas and horror-flicks. The result is a darkly comic and disconcerting mix of poignant confession and B-movie melodrama, real acts of violence and pints of fake blood.

The performers speak directly to the audience through a clear Perspex screen. It’s as if they possess a kind of second-sight as they retell others’ accidents and injuries as though they happened, or will happen, to them, or to you. The show explores the performers as acoustic instruments, using contact mics to live-sample noises from their bodies and soundtrack the show. Custom-built software enables us to process each others’ voices with pressure sensors, to increase our sampled heart-beats to impossible rates and trigger plundered samples through body contact.