Desperate Men presents A Double Bill of Desperateness

We are really very excited to be welcoming Desperate Men to The Lyric. They've put together a special double bill AND a masterclass for you. Don't say we don't spoil you.

One of the UK’s most versatile and inventive outdoor arts companies, Desperate Men have a 39-year track record of creating original, challenging, and accessible theatre. Risk-taking and innovative, the company through theatrical interventions and comic interaction connect with all sorts of people in all sorts of places.

Slapstick & Slaughter - the show 

Two men recklessly attempt to confront the absurdity of war in just 40 minutes, using their bodies, their voices and the surrealist toolbox of DADAism. Playful, physical and blackly comedic, Slapstick & Slaughter examines how the barbaric chaos of World War One manifested itself in the nihilistic, nonsensical art that grew from it.

This show splatters big ideas on a small canvas, exploring art’s reaction to the war’s wholesale destruction of lives, the old order and old hypocrisies and finding echoes in equally absurd modern conflicts. 

“The true spirit of Dada” Neil Innes, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

“A small but perfectly formed and darkly comical epic, packed tighter than a kitbag with visual surprises, guffaws of laughter and a disarming humanity” Bristol 24/7

“Seems entirely nonsensical and anarchic, but it quickly becomes clear that it is in fact carefully crafted and choreographed, and that there is meaning in the madness. It is also very funny" Stage Talk

Washed Up - The Film

A bleakly comic study of a creative relationship in crisis. What drives two veterans of outdoor arts to keep making vital theatre when some days they are barely on speaking terms? The creative mechanics of Desperate Men's fractious but fruitful partnership are laid bare, as they reflect on personal and collective mortality, ecological precarity, and their unique legacy of desperation-A Rough Glory Films production.

Winner of a Gold Award at the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards 2018 

"It just took 40 minutes of my life and repaid me with beauty, heart, art, love, humanity, soul, warmth & wisdom. I wish I could embrace you both and weep for life passing, art made and tides turning"  Tim Crouch

Tickets are £12 / £5 (12-18s), available from Bridport TIC: 01308 424901 / and BearKat Cafe. Doors and bar open at 7:30pm for a prompt 8pm start.

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