Dance Umbrella Festival – MOS, I Love Acting But F*** This Industry & Meetings.
Featuring our reviews of Dance Umbrella’s 2023 Festival – MOS, I Love Acting But F*** This Industry, Meetings and Trueman and the Arsonists. Plus an interview with actors Adam Owers and Angela Jones.
Delve into a multisensory extravaganza at the Dance Umbrella Festival 2023, hosted at the Barbican Centre, where MOS Greece magically transforms the stage into a cinematic symphony of sights and sounds. Using everyday items like umbrellas, plungers, and, of course, coconut shells, MOS recreates the intricate sound effects crafted by expert foley artists for film and television. What emerges is not just audio, but a mesmerizing dance of energy as tap numbers are translated into a rhythmic canvas of looped, distorted, paused, and intensified recordings. Witness this fusion of visual and auditory artistry as Athens-based dancer and choreographer Ioanna Paraskevopoulou takes her Dance Umbrella Festival debut, crafting an unmissable narrative that dances between movement, sound, and imagery.
Venture into the world of acting with a biting twist in I Love Acting But F*** This Industry, a new theatrical masterpiece that recently graced Theatre Peckham’s stage. Written by Faisal Dacosta and Raphel Famotibe, the play unfolds against the backdrop of a global pandemic and a workers’ strike that has upended the acting industry in 2023. Join close friends Manny, Ade, and Zion, South London natives, as they navigate the post-pandemic acting scene. Balancing their unwavering love for their craft with the disheartening acting industry that funds it, they grapple with the challenges this new world poses to their group dynamics and mental well-being.
Get ready for laughter and introspection with Meetings, a razor-sharp comedy by Mustapha Matura. Hugh’s encounter with street food triggers a journey into his Trinidadian roots, much to the bemusement of his high-flying wife, Jean. To quench his nostalgic passion, he hires a cook, Elsa, whose culinary talents transport him back in time. As they explore themes of identity, belonging, and the cost of progress, the play invites you to a feast of humour and contemplation. Experience it all through stellar performances, featuring Martina Laird, known from TV shows like Casualty and Dreamland, alongside an impressive theatrical portfolio. Join the journey as this comedy unfolds, with Martina joined by Kevin N Golding and Bethan Mary-James
Finally, immerse yourself in the curious and captivating world of Trueman and the Arsonists. in a new version by Simon Stephens, complete with catchy songs by Chris Thorpe. This unique morality play, originally penned by Max Frisch challenges traditional notions of right and wrong, inviting evil in with open arms, warm blankets, and fine dinners. It’s an amoral tale that’s also sprinkled with songs, creating an atmosphere that’s both thought-provoking and entertaining. Dive deeper into the play as you join an exclusive interview with the talented actors Adam Owers and Angela Jones.