Friday 24 May 2013 9:17am
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You may not always want mad-cap in your face zaniness. You might want something poetic. Something that re-invents the public space around you. A bit of art even!
We have scenarios that are enigmatic, beautiful and just there for the looking at.
The Reds are stunning. They even stunned them in rather grey Red Square. The Greys are sad, strangely moving (in China a lady fainted when they looked at her) and the Flowerpot People are simply gorgeous.
Walkies, with their little dogs on leads are funny, but live completely in a world of their own, while the Freezies are regimented and not a little weird. These last two sets of characters get on with their inexplicable existence, unaware of anyone looking on. Perfect strangers start to discuss what it all means.
The National No Smiling Day protestors don't speak, but they glare a lot. Nothing will make them crack one, but there is no explanation as to why they are there. There's time for the audience to stop and stare and note the incredibly detailed thought that goes into the characterisation, a trademark of all Natural Theatre's work.
Examples and suggestions: The Freezies on a rainy zebra crossing: The Flowerpot People mingling at a garden party: The Reds creating a lusciously visual flash-mob in a soulless concrete environment: National No Smiling Day trying in vain to ruin a very jolly occasion.