Karaoke – Sleepwalk Collective
Catatonically deadpan, gratuitously vapid and gleefully strung out, Karaoke is a performance about love and rockets for 2 performers and an autocue. Playing out as an actual karaoke, the text and action read off of a screen and projected up for all the audience to see, the show is an exercise in anti‐theatricality that’s either brazenly cynical or pathetically honest depending on how you want to look at it. There will be an awkward kind of chemistry. A narcotic kind of grace. And when the chorus kicks in we can all sing along with it…
Karaoke follows the company’s critically acclaimed Amusements as the middle part of Lost In The Funhouse, a loosely connected trilogy of performances about pleasure and boredom in this the adolescent decade of the 21st Century.
“[Like] looking into a fun‐house mirror, with the way it takes what you know then stretches and bends it, giving yourself back to you like some distressing and fascinating gift” – A Younger Theatre
“It shares with the best pieces of music that extraordinary, slippery ability to completely alter the mood of its audience. And as with songs, it’s impossible to pin down exactly what it is that’s so powerful. Somewhere between the deadpan delivery and the low hum of background music, between the coloured lights and the cloud of mist that cloaks the stage, the show takes hold and won’t let go” ‐ Catherine Love
“Verging on transcendent” Dan Hutton
“Fluent visual and verbal poetry….pulsing with a weird insistent life” The Scotsman
“Innovative, thoughtful and experimental” * * * * Everything Theatre
“FUUUUUCK KARAOKE’S BRILLIANT” – Megan Vaughan
Age guidance: 14+
Created by Sleepwalk Collective
Performed by iara Solano Arana and Sammy Metcalfe
Text and Music by Sammy Metcalfe
Design by iara Solano Arana
Lights by David Alcorta
Supported by Battersea Arts Centre, Residence Bristol, Azala espacio de creación, and TAE Vitoria‐Gasteiz and Instituto Exepare
Sleepwalk Collective is an award‐winning live‐art and experimental theatre group creating fragile, nocturnal performance experiences between the UK and Spain.
There is a very limited capacity so to reserve a ticket please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.