Archived Events/ Spring 2012

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Action Hero Frontman


Full £10, Conc £6

Poised on the edge of catastrophe, Frontman is a furiously loud, raucous reproduction of the all the best gigs you never saw. With borrowed ramblings from iconic frontmen, the ghost of Elvis/Dolly/Kurt/Iggy is channeled by a girl in sequins, whilst a techie in rabbit ears refuses to watch the show. She turns up the volume and humps the speakers, and tells the crowd she loves them.

Backed by an analogue synth and a tambourine, the performance is a defiant, brazen, half-cut version of a faded comeback gig, complete with dry-ice, lip syncs and extreme noise (earplugs provided…)

Balancing between euphoria and a car crash, Frontman uses DIY analogue sound and is part-gig, part-perfomance for a standing
audience who like it loud.

Frontman is the third piece in an unintentional trilogy of work, following A Western and Watch Me Fall, about icons and the iconography of masculinity.

Frontman was co-commissioned by Fierce festival 2011 and Inbetween Time Productions. It’s development was supported by Forest Fringe and Residence. It’s national tour was supported by Arts Council England. Sound support by Alex Bradley.

“A beautiful poignant and comic performance”

Don’t Panic magazine

Photo credit: Briony Campbell