Directed by Judy Preston Devised and Performed by Niki McCretton

Thurs 18th and Fri 19th June 2015, 8pm

*Pay what you like - on the door from 7:30pm or in advance from Box Office Coffee.

Niki McCretton's award-winning solo show Worm-Hole comes to the Lyric.

Niki created this solo show in 2000 and took it to the Edinburgh Festival in 2001, winning five star accolades and playing to sell out audiences.

She then toured the show across the UK (some of you may have seen it at Bridport Arts Centre) before touring it to Europe, Canada and the United States, to critical acclaim.

She won two bursaries to attend the festivals in the US, was awarded the Best Physical Theatre production at the Victoria Fringe Festival and voted Best Show by the artists at Winnipeg Festival. Niki has decided to resurrect the piece fifteen years on, and to gift her time and talents to fundraise for the Lyric.

We would like to offer the performances on a 'pay what you would like' basis to encourage people to come to the Lyric. All gifted contributions will to go towards the Let There Be Light fundraising campaign to reinstate windows in the Lyric auditorium and on the front of the building which will be launched on the opening night.

Niki says: “I am really excited to present Worm-Hole here at the Lyric. It was the first solo show I made and was the launch of my career as a solo performer. It will be very moving to resurrect it and present it here where I live and work and hope that people will enjoy seeing some of what I do as an artist.” Worm-Hole is 'a laugh out loud fusion of physical theatre and dance' which charts a woman through her theory and practice of her devotion to an unstated and enigmatic Big Brother figure, where enlightened hilarity ensues. Despite this levity, Worm-Hole is a deeply thought-provoking and captivating work which skilfully combines slapstick, deep faith and an insight into an Orwelian world.

This seminal show by performing artist Niki McCretton has invited comparisons to the work of Beckett and Ionesco, and provoked great discussion on tour not only with audiences but was also used as a sermon by an Episcopian minister in Minneapolis!

‘Niki McCretton’s performance is undoubtedly captivating’ The List, Edinburgh (Aug 2001) Anna Miller ‘…a deeply comic and sometimes surreal performance… the sheer physicality of certain scenes is breathtaking… a powerfully expressive performance. Worm-Hole is stunning. See it now.’ ***** Three Weeks, Edinburgh Festival News (Aug 2001) Sam Shephard ‘imaginative staging and a fluid performance’ The Scotsman, Edinburgh (Aug 2001) ‘one of the most innovative and captivating shows of this year’s fringe’ St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis, USA (Aug 2002) Kim Surkan ‘thoroughly engaging and sweetly charming. Worm-Hole is exactly what Fringe theatre is all about.’ **** CBC Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (July 2002) Anna Lazowski ‘a gifted actor and flexible dancer’ Winnipeg Free Press, Canada (July 2002) Gilles Marchildon 'Like the best absurdist theatre, Worm-Hole speaks to the passing of time, faith, disillusionment, sensuality, routine, self-consciousness and meaningless repetition. Fortunately, the character does develop as she copes with her small world. This is a thoroughly engaging, intelligent, risk-taking play - exactly the kind of thing expected from the Fringe. Worm-Hole is exactly what Fringe theatre is all about. It's challenging, entertaining and not like anything you'll see on a mainstream stage.' Anne Lazowski - 4/5 Stars - 19 July 2002, Victoria BC

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