Dates and Times
Fri 30 Oct 2015 to Sun 01 Nov 2015 at 9pm
Presented by Emma Frankland and Keir Cooper in association with Último Comboio.
Part of suspense, the UK’s premiere festival of puppetry for adult audiences. 25 companies performing across 10 venues, bursting with innovative, beautiful and daring puppetry shows. www.suspensefestival.com
‘Do you count yourself among the contented or the afflicted?’
A playful exploration of Cervantes’ novel, combining incredible visual imagery, live music and dance.
Developed as part of CPT’s Starting Blocks 2013 scheme, and featured as part of the 2013 British Council Showcase, this Don Quijote takes the same brazen attitude as Cervantes, with equal irreverence, presenting its own radical and absurd worldview. It is about how we don’t know what to do with individuals who want to affect change in unconventional ways, about how radicals are either seen as clowns or oracles and about our role as individuals within society – not necessarily to behave like Don Quijote, but to consider our response to those who do.
The title role will be played by a secret guest performer unique to each date.
“A cheerfully anarchic show that takes apart Cervantes’ novel – with a power saw – and sends a reminder that change begins with us” – The Guardian
“A whirlwind of joyous disintegration that sees the novel emerge resplendent from its own destruction” – Time Out
“In an epiphanic volta of anarchic punk rock and uncoiled rage, it becomes a savage denunciation of cynicism and a lionised defence of idealism” – TV Bomb
About the company
Emma Frankland is an award-winning performer and theatre-maker whose theatrical language focuses on honesty, action and a playful DIY aesthetic. Keir Cooper works in music, design and theatre. He writes and performs with punk trio A Sweet Niche and his work looks at ideas that require simultaneous discipline and irreverence. Don Quijote was developed as part of Camden People’s Theatre’s Starting Blocks scheme, with support from The Albany, Little Angel Theatre and Shoreditch Town Hall. It has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.