A Question of Consent - The Rag Factory
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
CRAFT is presenting what is described as a harrowing yet physically gripping theatrical production, A Question of Consent, at The Rag Factory – from Friday, January 10 to Sunday, February 2, 2014.
A Question of Consent is based on a true story created from the memories of a women very close to the company. A few years ago, she was forced to move house, and then groomed and raped on a daily basis for a month of her life by an elderly man. How did she get out? How did she deal with the trauma after?
A Question of Consent is an account of how Stockholm Syndrome can occur, how circumstance can dictate identity, how the after effects of such a horrendous circumstance can be everlasting, and how she found the strength to prevail.
Using exhaustion and memories as a template to create, CRAFT are a theatre company who are authentic, powerful, intense and grounded in the way they perform. As a company they have spent in excess of six months training and destroying their bodies and minds on a daily basis to create this dramatic thriller, which is underpinned by current studies in cognitive neuroscience.
A Question of Consent promises push the boundaries of “traditional theatre” to create an exciting and rich experience for the audience. Director Rocky Rodreguiz Jr said:
“We [CRAFT] are extremely rigorous; we use exhaustion as a medium to create through as well as a new acting/devising method. We also use cognitive neuroscience to inform our practice. The actor getting ‘lost’ in a structured, yet open stream of thought, without considering emotion, somehow ‘tricks’ the actor’s mind into responding as if the circumstances of the content are actual, and authentic emotional responses occur. We have honed practices and exercises that allow the actor to understand this process and become master of their body and emotional reservoir.
“Every scene will be organically created on the night. This way of working keeps the actor present, authentic and grounded while giving them the rush of creating from themselves and our structures, instead of from a script or straight improvisation… Fully in the moment. We see the theatre as a force that can be used to enlighten or to destroy. We poke the spectators with themes that allow them a canvas to question their personal ethic systems, and base identities.”
A Question of Consent is performed by Iulia Benze, Lucas John Mahoney, Kurt Murray and Ryan Prescott.
Times: 7:30pm on January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 and February 1; 6.30pm on January 12, 19 and 26 and February 2.
The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London, E1 5LJ