Following a sold out world premiere at Edinburgh Fringe, Texan artist Greg Wohead brings a show enacted by two unrehearsed performers to The Lyric.
Veering between reality and simulation, Celebration, Florida orbits around ideas of surrogacy; a stand-in to replace a person you miss, a re-creation of an experience you can’t stop thinking about, nostalgia for a place that never existed. The show that unfolds is a meditation on longing, imagination and missed connections that vacillates between playful and dark, surreal and literal as Greg uses the performers as surrogates through which to communicate with the audience.
The show takes its title from a town developed by the Walt Disney Company, designed to be a controlled, manicured embodiment of the perfect American town. It is both a real town and a simulation of a town; as such the piece speaks to the relationship between a hollow capitalistic society and a lack of connection, where we might reach for surrogates or stand ins to fulfill our emotional needs.
This is a show for anyone who has ever missed anyone or anything.
Greg Wohead is a writer, performer and live artist originally from Texas. He makes theatre performances, one-to-one pieces and audio work. He has shown and developed new work in the UK at Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Ovalhouse, Mayfest and Northern Stage, and internationally at MC (Amsterdam), Orchard Project (New York), MAKE (Ireland), Bios (Athens), LAX Festival (Los Angeles), Fusebox Festival (Austin) and ArtPower (San Diego). He’s an Associate Artist at The Yard and Shoreditch Town Hall in London. Greg came to the Lyric to perform The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill in Nov 2014.
“A moving tone poem on loss and retrieval” ★★★★ Stewart Pringle, The Stage
“A work of great sensitivity written with enviable grace and poise” Simon Bowes, After the Lights Fade
Tickets are £12, available from BearKat Bistro and Bridport Arts Centre: 01308 424204 /www.bridport-arts.com or on the door if available from 7:30pm.
Commissioned by The Albany and developed at The Yard. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.