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In Embryo - Camden People's Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEEDLESS Alley is presenting In Embryo, an interactive performance that questions social structures and proposes a collective response to community-engagement, at Camden People’s Theatre – on July 15 and 16, 2014.

A blank theatre space. Only a few instruments inhabit the performance area. There is a show about to be built in front of you. Sometimes with you.

You look nice. Do you want to come and play?

Like a moody rock band-style performance art company, Needless Alley present In Embryo, a new and multi-disciplinary performance integrating the talents of seven artists. Working with poetry, movement, music, dance and visual art, together they will question and reflect on social structures, cultural misconceptions and the dangers of totalitarianism.

How can we build a society with no leaders? Can a society be led by itself as a collective consciousness, without a leader? How do we fit individually within a collective society? What about our individuality, our tastes, our wants? How can communal decision making integrate and champion individuality at the same time?

Needless Alley is a performance company which focuses on the exploration of artistic bonds on stage. Drawing on influences from both Modernist (dada) and post-dramatic performance, the company looks to create theatrical happenings through juxtapositions of and collisions between artistic practices during the performance, combining poets, musicians, dancers, performance and live and visual artists.

Produced by Xavier de Sousa and Alex Murphy, In Embryo is devised, performed and designed by Xavier de Sousa, Rutter and Bennett, Samuel Kennedy, Karine Rathle, Ollie Godwin and Joseph Garwood.

Tickets: £8, £5 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7419 4841 or online at

Time: 9pm.

Running Time: 60 minutes.