Curated by Theatr Iolo
Jam sessions, patter with a Southern drawl, big dance numbers, and a bit of sweat: this is a re-enactment of Elvis Presley's 1968 Comeback Special. Sort of.
It's an experiment in time drag; wearing another time as drag and dragging another time into the present. What happens if the Comeback comes back? Like a half-remembered dream or two mirrors facing each other or repeating a word so much it loses its meaning.
Comeback Special is a double negative. It’s not the original, but it’s not not.
Greg welcomes Elvis fans, theatre fans and anyone who thinks this peculiar re-enactment might be fun. He certainly does.
Greg Wohead is a writer, performer and live artist who makes theatre performances, one-to-one pieces and audio work. He has shown and developed new work in the UK and internationally at places like Battersea Arts Centre, Bios (Athens), LAX Festival (Los Angeles), Fusebox Festival (Austin) and Forest Fringe. He is an Associate Artist at Shoreditch Town Hall and The Yard.
Co-commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, Theatre in the Mill and South Street Arts Centre. A Jerwood Charitable Foundation/Bristol Old Vic Ferment Commission. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
See Comeback Special by Greg Wohead & Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight by Christopher Brett Bailey for £20 / Concessions £18
Age Guidance: 15+
Running time: 70 mins
“Although Presley is the ghostly heart of it, it’s neither an act of homage nor a simple nostalgia trip…by blurring the line between performers and their public, as well as the past and the present, Wohead creates a special bond”
Donald Hutera, The Times
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