Dates and Times
Thu 3 - Fri 4 March at 9pm
Presented by Odd Comic
My Champion Heartache is a performance inspired by people and their experiences of pet ownership.
My Champion Heartache is a live art performance about some of the surprising undertones of pet-ownership that go beyond the predictable. It’s humorous, peculiar in parts and includes extracts of real conversation about pets. The show features a lost animal, a special moment with a tortoise and some light-hearted interpretations of the formal mechanisms of performance. It’s a grotesque, nostalgic, teasing, playful, moving, humorous and frank interaction between audience, performer, animal and human. Your feelings towards those little black bags of dog poo will be forever changed.
We’ve made this performance in an intuitive, sometimes improvisational way and this (in part) accounts for our mongrel, nonlinear style. We often work with people and their experiences. My Champion Heartache was especially inspired by conversations on the hospital wards with patients recovering from strokes and temporarily separated from their pets. We also had some brilliant interactions with dog walkers and their dogs in the park (they were visiting an art exhibition we curated for them and their dogs in a local woodland).
Part of Sprint Festival 2016: London’s biggest and best festival of the newest, most adventurous theatre from across the UK and beyond.
Catch My Champion Heartache in a double bill with Locus Amoenus on the same evening. Two shows for just £16!
A genuinely funny show that isn’t afraid to point to the sadness of animals and the loneliness of old age’ Exeunt
’Young and vibrant with a maturity that shines through… Beautifully structured, funny but also poignant and heart warming’ Total Theatre
About the Company
Odd Comic are cross-genre artists (Dot Howard and Holly Bodmer) with a passion for devising unconventional performance. They met as Post-graduates at Dartington College of Arts in 2007 and now collaborate in Norwich, sharing an interest in observational, sometimes humorous performance for intimate audiences in unusual spaces.