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Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas presents

One

Nasi is on a ladder. He’s not coming down any time soon.

Taking as its point of departure the polarisation of politics today, One begins amid the ruins of unresolved conflict and looks at the walls we build to protect the difference between what we say and who we really are.

Bert & Nasi return to HOME following Eurohouse and Palmyra (Orbit Festival 2017).

“A fine example of theatre presenting a mystery that cannot be solved… The mystery of it all is just too intriguing.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer

“Lesca and Voutsas are masters of their art… Their sense of comic timing, pathos and charm are reminiscent of another age – and double acts like Laurel and Hardy, yet their work is sharply focused on modern issues.” – Live Art Alive

“This dynamic duo are fantastic to watch… In a world where we are obsessed with creating, deliberating and opining, One allows its audiences to read between the lines and reflect on their own mental health, irritating instincts and political agenda.” – Reviewer Number 9

“Because ONE is a performance, it is a charade of hurting each other’s feelings – of playing out the idea of leaving deep wounds… But also because it is interaction between men who are, ostensibly, close friends.” – Exeunt

“Playful and witty… Nasi and Bert are both strong and charismatic performers.” – Performance In Motion

“A really interesting piece of theatre… Comic, stressful and strange… Really funny.” – LGBTQ Arts Review

Praise for Eurohouse:

★★★★ “This wonderfully playful, intimate and ultimately moving show… Constantly pits idealism against self-interest and pragmatism.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“A nicely subversive idea played with charm.” – The Stage

★★★★ “Stylish… An exhilarating, intelligent fusion of theatre and lecture.” – Broadway Baby

“[Bertrand] Lesca and [Nasi] Voutsas are the perfect double-act… A powerful, important and subtle piece of theatre which might well make you rethink the EU – and, even if it doesn’t, it will definitely make you laugh.” – Exeunt

★★★★ “An inventive way of looking at political turmoil without becoming a parable of right and wrong.” – Stagetalk Magazine

★★★★ “A charismatic duo.” – A Younger Theatre

“An engaging, entertaining and highly interactive piece of theatre that presents a very complex issue in an accessible way.” – Quiet Man Dave

Eurohouse brings together performers from France and Greece who met in Scotland… This performance is a bittersweet warning for us all in the aftermath of Brexit. We all need support and friendship but at what cost?” – Live Art Alive

“The raw, real feeling of the piece completely strips back theatrical illusion – leaving only the two men on stage.” – Mancunion

Praise for Palmyra:

★★★★ “The duo who created Eurohouse shift from comic to tragic in a brilliant piece that reflects on Syria and the breakdown of relationships.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

★★★★ “Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas make art out of abuse in their new and violent clowning show at the fringe… It’s rare to see emerging artists with such a strong signature style… Stressful, sublime as well.” What’s On Stage

“A strong contender for ‘best piece of political theatre’ Edinburgh 2017.” – Postcards from the Gods

★★★★ “It’s weird, but it’s fascinating… And funny, embracing an off-beat, absurdist way that, paradoxically, cranks up the tension instead of releasing it.” – The Stage

“Beautifully conceived physical theatre with a powerful message.” – Quiet Man Dave

“Palmyra was one of Syria’s historical sites until it was overtaken by ISIS and the temples were destroyed [that] has inspired a piece of performance art by Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca which may be about the thin veneer of civilisation, or the seductive appeal of violence and its futility or the cruel pleasure of manipulating and controlling others. Or maybe none of these themes apply – as always with performance art it is not easy to be sure.” – Manchester Theatre Awards

“Their work together is exciting and provocative creating much needed dialogue about the world we live in.” – Live Art Alive

“A searing depiction of bullying and its mutually catastrophic consequences… A brilliant and compelling piece of theatre: engaging and funny, it is presented with disarming ease and understatement and yet it is disturbing and deeply chilling to the very last moment.” – Unrestricted Views

★★★★ “The shows focus on broader issues emerging from Syria is its great strength. Challenging the audience constantly on our role in the conflict from spectators to global influencers, the piece covers a great amount in under an hour… Unsettling.” – The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “Explosive… Gleefully provocative and painfully tender in equal measure… A thoughtful piece which neatly toes the line between subtlety and symbolism.” – Broadway Baby

Winner Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form 2017
Winner Stockholm Fringe Festival 2017 Grand Prix
Winner Mess Festival Prize at Be Festival
Winner ‘Best of Be’ Festival Award

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian) Top 10 Shows of 2017
Matt Trueman (Whatsonstage) Top 10 Shows of 2017

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