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The Vacuum Cleaner @ Arcola Theatre

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by Alan Perkins (subscribe)
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The self-styled 'worst show at the fringe', is in London for a couple of nights at the end of July. Building on a series of preconceived notions about the relationship between audience and performer, the Ferodo Bridges group bring us their latest creation.



The Vacuum Cleaner is a distinctly absurdist piece. This slice of theatre is designed to highlight the ever-unknowable nature of the world around us and promises to not make sense. In a good way. This. Will. Not. Make. Sense. If you're looking for the next feel good play about characters overcoming the odds, maybe this is not for you.

If you are interested in contemporary, honest theatre about the limitations of performance and the truths held in any artwork, this could be for you. The Vacuum Cleaner makes no attempt to hide the failures of theatre and explores the difficulties of producing courageous pieces for the stage.

Contemporary theatre performance
A show with no loss of suction.


What makes something funny? What makes an audience believe in one set of constructed events, but not another? What place is there for stereotypes in modern theatre? If any of these questions appeal to you, maybe you should check out The Vacuum Cleaner, performed by Oya Bacak, Nadia Mowafy, Danae Loukaki, Alexander Raptotasios, Vicky Kyriakoulakou and was written by Kat Redstone.

Above all else, this is a funny and quirky piece that is sure to make waves when it moves to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. It has its preview at the Arcola Theatre in London on July 18th, 19th and 20th before heading up to Scotland.
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Why? For quirky take on modern theatre
Where: Hackney
Cost: 6-8
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