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“What kind of stories would you tell a dying man?”

Narrated by a man with a fake dynamite bomb strapped to his chest Showtime begins with a naive text describing just what a piece of theatre should be. From this amateurish proposition (of scenery, good casting and dress rehearsals) the piece soon decays into a chaos of cardboard pantomime trees, a dog that talks about suicide and a series of insistent questions asked of a dying thug as he lies outside a wendy house.  Showtime is a comical piece in which the concerns of adult life – especially death – are played out in a visual language drawn from children’s picture books and pantomimes.

High quality multi-camera performance documentation recorded at the ICA, London, December 1996.

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