Don Quijote by Tom Frankland & Kier Cooper in association with Ultimo Combibo
A playful exploration of Cervantes’ novel, combining incredible visual imagery, live
music and dance.
Featured as part of the 2013 British Council Showcase, this is a performance that
takes the same brazen attitude as Cervantes, with equal irreverence, presenting its
own radical and absurd worldview. It is about how we don’t know what to do with
individuals who want to affect change in unconventional ways, about how radicals are
either seen as clowns or oracles and about our role as individuals within society – not
necessarily to behave like Don Quijote, but to consider our response to those who do.
Staged amongst the audience, the title role will be played by a secret guest performer
unique to each date.
Tom Frankland is an award winning performer and theatre maker whose theatrical
language focuses on honesty, action and a playful DIY aesthetic. Keir Cooper works in
music, design and theatre. He writes and performs with punk trio A Sweet Niche and
his work looks at ideas that require simultaneous discipline and irreverence.
scheme, with support from The Albany Theatre, Little Angel Theatre and Shoreditch
Town Hall. It has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through
Arts Council England.
Praise for Don Quijote:
“Cheerfully anarchic show takes apart Cervantes’ novel – with a power saw – and sends a reminder that change begins with us” * * * * The Guardian
“It’s a life-affirming message of hope through disruption and determination, and if that’s not the best way to start a new year then I just don’t know what is.” * * * * Time Out Critics Choice
‘A brave and funny performance that recontextualises and reclaims the importance of Cervantes’ book.’
* * * * * The Skinny
‘There is a lot to love about this production; they are more than a little crazy, but then you have to be to attempt to turn Cervantes’ epic tome into an
hour-long stage show. This is no reduced-Shakespeare style show, it is both more intelligent and more silly than that.’
* * * * British Theatre Guide
‘In an epiphanic volta of anarchic punk rock and uncoiled rage, it becomes a savage denunciation of cynicism and a lionised defence of idealism.’ * * * * TV Bomb
‘The gloriously anarchic approach taken by Tom Frankland, Keir Cooper & Último Comboio is one that simultaneously mirrors & dismantles the classic text at its heart. Its irreverent attitude towards the Cervantes is one that Don Quijote himself would have approved of.’ Exeunt Magazine
‘Frankland and Cooper create a space in which you expect the unexpected & leave riled up, prepared to change something. Even the smallest of adventures can make a difference…being taken on an adventure unlike any other during the height of the Edinburgh Fringe left me smiling from ear to ear.’ A Younger Theatre
There is a very limited capacity so to reserve a ticket please email email@example.com with the number of tickets you wish to reserve and a contact telephone number.
Tickets will be “Pay What You Decide” which means you will pay the company AFTER the show.