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Spill Festival of Performance 2013

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A Splurge of Madness
The Barbican's Spill Festival of Performance is a showcase of experimental theatre, live art & performance, which presents exceptional artists from around the world. You can see their four quirky, humorous, and down right bizarre shows between 3rd-13rd April.

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein: Splat!
3rd - 4th April 2013, 8pm, Silk Street Theatre

So just what is The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein famous for? I think that would have to be the way unashamedly creates confrontational images with her own body. For example, in Splat! the self-proclaimed 'witch, womaniser, childbearer,' and superstar' will dance on stage in roller skates wearing a deer head as she is hunted and drowned in tomatoes. It is an exploration of desire, domestication and victimisation, portrayed in an exhilarating, but risque performance. Tickets for this ninety minute show are £10 and only suitable for eighteens and over.

Untitled Projects: The Salon Project
4th - 14th April 2013, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, The Pit

French society's golden age was an era of change, excess, and inquiry. You will experience 19th Parisian life first hand as you dress in full period evening wear and mingle with guests at the salon. Discuss thought provoking ideas with pioneers in science, politics, technology, and the arts. Tickets are £35.

Verk Produksjoner: The Eternal Smile
6th - 7th April 2013, 8pm, Silk Street Theatre

Ever wondered what life after death was like? Join a forum of dead people as they sit in darkness and contemplate eternity. With the magic of story-telling, you'll experience a few thousand years of this contemplation, before the dead get bored and go on a rampage in a quest to seek out God, and the answers to their questions. Based on Nobel Prize-winning author Pär Lagerkvist's novel, tickets to this wild, witty, and philosophical performance are £16.

Forced Entertainment: Quizoola!
12th - 13th April 2013, 11.59pm-11.59pm, The Pit

In a twenty-four-hour non-stop bombardment, alternating pairs of performers will be pit against one another to answer questions on philosophical, trivial, and deeply personal topics. Answers must be invented on the spot, creating an absurd and fervent atmosphere that is something between a hysterical pub quiz to an intense police interrogation.

You can get involved by submitting your own questions before the show, and then watch the madness unfold. You can buy tickets for £12 for half a day, or £24 for the full hog. Don't worry, you won't need a sleeping bag - feel free to come and go as you please.
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Why? Mad and hilarious entertainment
When: 3rd-13th April
Phone: 020 7638 8891
Where: Barbican Centre
Cost: £10-£35
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