Cinematic projection, surround sound and spoken word combine to form a piece of theatre as strange and bright as a lump of ice in On the Outskirts of a Large Event.
When an iceberg arrives at a tropical island, the inhabitants automatically begin to search for a scapegoat for this unlikely visitor.
Exploring themes of memory loss, the environment and blame culture and with a bold technical design, On the Outskirts of a Large Event is the debut touring production for established Sheffield company The Bare Project.
“The dynamic way the two [actors] interact is constantly interesting to watch… If you’re tired of conventional plot and character, On the Outskirts of a Large Event will be a welcome change.” – Upstaged Manchester
“Director Malaika Cunningham skilfully develops an eerie sense of things being not quite right… The tale builds well and the atmospheric staging certainly catches the growing sense of apprehension and guilt.” – Manchester Theatre Awards
“Writer Joe W’s pacey, purposeful script is deliberately lean but finds room for passages of rich imagery and bursts of absurd humour… There’s a pervading sense of foreboding; Cassandra-like, the narrator warns her fellow islanders, ‘we are on the outskirts of a large event.’ Perhaps, it’s implied, we are too.” – Circles & Stalls
“On the Outskirts of a Large Event appears to be a depiction of the hellish purgatory that could await certain British politicians following their downfall… Visuals and staging are without fault.” – The Reviews Hub
“An ambitious production… Mysterious and interesting.” – North West End
“A clever piece of theatre that shows good promise and substance.” – The Northern Quota
“Technically interesting… Will Monks’ vivid and colourful projections onto the hanging strips of material combined with the thorough and immersive sound design by Lee Affen helped to locate the piece.” – Mancunion
Want to know more about The Bare Project?
The Bare Project is a Sheffield-based theatre and interactive arts company who want to push our sense of what is real and unreal. They’re the current Creative Fellows of Southwell Workhouse (National Trust) and are Associate Artists of Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield.