Curated by Theatr Iolo
KISSING THE SHOTGUN GOODNIGHT, a neo-noir fever dream and a 120 decibel suicide note. a gleeful howl from the armpits of hell, Bailey’s words deliver a linguistic kaleidoscope of caustic cartoons, crackpot prophesies and demented erotica. a panorama of humanity in tatters, of a diseased society at war with itself, blown-out, bloated and tumbling towards a million nauseating climaxes. by turns gruesome and euphoric, snotty and psychotic. a giddy cocktail of impotent violence and frantic, frantic sex. an auto-destructive shaggy dog story, a nocturnal meditation crooned into the swollen abyss, and a radical No! to life. a dense, poetic blend of the hallucinogenic and the hardboiled, all set to a warped collision of haunting musics and ear-popping noise. a sumptuous, cinematic melting pot of psycho-acoustic trickery, futurist soundscaping and dark psychedelia.
recommended for those with an aural fixation. no kids. no dogs.
rated R. 100 mins. colour, 3D.
writer / performer: christopher brett bailey
dramaturg: anne rieger
composer-musicians: alicia jane turner, george percy and christopher brett bailey
lighting design: lee curran
sound design: george percy and christopher brett bailey
production manager: helen mugridge
producer: beckie darlington
Commissioned by Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Cambridge Junction, Ovalhouse, Theatre in the Mill, and Theatr Iolo. Supported by Arts Council England. With thanks to Hackney Showroom.
Chapter Arts Crentre
2 & 3 November, 8pm
See Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight and Comeback Special by Greg Wohead for £20/£16
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