The ShowRoom has built a reputation for presenting some of the most exciting companies touring on the UK circuit to the South East. This season, Autumn 2018, brings to Chichester. Liz Aggiss, Ridiculusmus, Rachel Mars, Christopher Brett Bailey and Casson & Friends.
There’s also the Contemporary Arts Research Sharing’s which are free to anyone wishing to engage in discussion around contemporary arts practice, so we hope that you will join us at one of these events this season, as well as an ample programme of Music and Visual Arts in our other sister venues across the University Campus.What’s On
Slap and Tickle
Thu 27 Sep 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+
Maverick, anarchic, indomitable and fearless: all words that have been used to describe performance artist Liz Aggiss. Born in an era when children were seen and not heard, Liz never had a clue what she wanted to do. She just knew she wanted to be seen and heard.
Slap and Tickle is an award winning, dark and ribald physical commentary on cultural mores and sexual taboos: a disorientating display of interpretations and contradictions about women, girls, mothers, bitches and senior citizens. Beating a path through the personal and historical, Aggiss creates a feminist soup that lurches from spoken word to expressionist movement, from music hall to radio nostalgia, from costume change to prop manipulation. SLAP AND TICKLE won a Total Theatre Award Edinburgh Festival 2017. Come on everybody lets have a party!
“The hilarious tickle never undermines the serious slap in this solo – sheer brilliance”
Mary Brennan, The Glasgow Herald
“Slap and Tickle is a pointed and bawdily funny exploration of what it means to refuse to act your age”
Lyn Gardner, theguardian.com
Image credit: Joe Murray
Give Me Your Love
Thu 4 Oct 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+
Theatre legends Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus are back with a funny, fragile and profound fable based on ground breaking medical research and real-life war testimonies.
Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery – in the form of a capsule containing 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress.
Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment via a head warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appal you in equal measure.
“It’s Ridiculusmus at their best”
Image credit: Sarah Walker
Our Carnal Hearts
Thu 11 Oct 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+
A Welcome! To you and to me and our spikey, sticky, shameful bits!
With a raucous chorus of original music, award-winning theatre maker Rachel Mars and four belting female singers bring you a gleeful, dark show about the hidden workings of envy. Part symphony, part exorcism, Our Carnal Hearts is a thrilling and murky celebration of desire, competition and all the times we screw each other over. Performed with a surround-sound choral score by Louise Mothersole, Our Carnal Hearts comes to the ShowRoom after sell outs across the UK and US and a Total Theatre Award.
“Wickedly funny… soothing and sharp-edged at the same time” ★★★★
“Not just honest… very funny, too, and streaked with regret” ★★★★
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Deeply engaging… beautifully blends together mundane normality and phantasmal spectacle” ★★★★
WINNER: Total Theatre Award 2017
Image credit: Claire Haigh
Suicide Notes …
the spoken word of Christopher Brett Bailey
Thu 18 Oct 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+
A different-every-night, shouting & reading show… stories, poems and black humour. Bailey’s words deliver a linguistic kaleidoscope of caustic cartoons, crackpot prophesies and demented erotica. Verbal diarrhoea, dirty jokes, venomous poetry, and tall tales that corkscrew deep into nightmares. Tonight he is a voice box and a microphone and nothing more: a potty mouthed poet, a reverend with a forked tongue, a standup comedian from hell, delivering a symphony of verbal adrenaline and twisted humour, a dense, poetic blend of the hallucinogenic and the hardboiled, a live action short story collection for the depraved, the depressed and the death obsessed.
“A beautiful maniac onstage with a mircrophone”
“If gonzo journalism ever needed a news anchor, this would be the guy”
“A loaded Kerouac…his wit glitters like broken glass”
Sydney Morning Herald
“A juggernaut, a plosive onslaught…a mesmeric presence”
Image credit: Jemima Yong
Thu 22 Nov 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 12+
A new dance & technology collaboration that puts YOU in control more than ever before… RecordBreaking Dance Artist Tim Casson and BAFTA award-winning Digital Artist Seb Lee-Delisle, present their first collaboration: CHOREOCRACY: The fun interactive dance show that puts the audience in control of the performance. Seb and Tim will be your guides through the show, and using innovative mobile technology, will give you control over the three highly skilled dance performers in real-time -with no experience of dance required. Find out what happens when we ask the public what would make a good show, decide what you do or don’t want to see, and have your say about what the dancers do next: as we explore whether a dance performance can be truly democratic…
Commissioned by DanceEast and Supported by Theatre Delicatessen, South East Dance, and Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace Programme.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
“Casson is a choreographic provocateur in the way he blurs the distinction between audience and performerby combining or inverting the two”
Nicholas Minns, writingaboutdance.com
Image credits: Alisa Boanta