Presented by University of Salford, The Lowry + Word of Warning
Two shows about horses, humans and fitting in. Giddy-up!
With an interval, the double bill will last about 2 hours. Includes nudity.
Age advisory: 14+ (parental discretion).
A pair of performances about being human (and being a horse) from Belgian theatre-maker Leentje Van de Cruys + University of Salford collaborators…
HORSE is a story about a woman who thinks she’s a horse. But the real problem is that she thinks she is a different horse from the one she is. HORSE is about what it takes to fit in, to make yourself look beautiful to other people, to be loved and accepted, despite everything…
Whoaaaaa Steady! (working title): the British are weird. Take, for example, the racecourse: an intriguing world full of unexpected characters: ‘enthusiasts, horseys, addicts, anoraks, socials, pair-bonders, suits and be-seens’.
It’s fascinating to observe some intriguing abnormalities in the body language, rituals, etiquette and behaviour of the racing crowds. Inspired by anthropologist Kate Fox’s book The Racing Tribe, we will be watching the horse-watchers, and start to make a show… A show about horses, humans and… well, being British (and weird). Giddy-up!
The double bill was reviewed at The Lowry by The Public Reviews.
####Who is she?
Belgian actress and theatre-maker Leentje Van de Cruys has been making quirky solo performances about domesticity and women’s identity for the last 11 years — her recent shows include Kitsch’n Sync (commissioned by hÅb for Domestic), Going to the Chapel, Feedback, HORSE, The Best Party Ever and Knitting to Worry About. She regularly performs and tours with contemporary theatre companies including Quarantine, Reckless Sleepers, Plane Performance, Proto-type Theater, and is the lead actress/vocalist in In May, a music theatre piece written by Frank Alva Buecheler + composed by Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy). She has also been a guest lecturer and supervisor at Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University + University of Salford.
HORSE originally commissioned by greenroom + hÅb for Method Lab 2010. Whoaaaaa Steady! performed by University of Salford BA (Hons) Performance students.