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The City and Iris - Pleasance Theatre

The City and Iris

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

GLASS-Eye Theatre is presenting The City and Iris at the Pleasance Theatre – from Thursday, March 6 to Saturday, March 8, 2014.

The City and Iris is described as a physical, visual and comic feast and marks Glass-Eye Theatre’s debut at the venue. The action centres around Iris (played by Julia Correa) while ‘The City’ is performed by a talented chorus of five actors.

Without a set, the ensemble create Iris’s world themselves. Ingeniously contorting their bodies and a length of red rope, they become the creaky wardrobe in Iris’s bedroom, the books in the library and the lifelike trees on her walk to work.

The ensemble also create all sound effects, from Iris’s radio alarm clock to her rattling commuter train, as well as a ‘soundtrack’ in the form of a recurring and haunting four part harmony.

Iris’s every day is a haze of grey, and today seems like any other morning. But when her glasses break in a seemingly innocent accident, she finds herself embarking on a strange journey through the city she thought she knew. As the city comes to life in bewildering and thrilling new ways, Iris starts to see the extraordinary all around her – in her co-workers at the library, the prophetic newspaper vendor she passes every day, the ducks in her local pond – and even in herself!

Glass-Eye Theatre specialise in physical storytelling. Hailing from five different countries, the company work collaboratively to create image-based, physical storytelling from scratch. They manipulate objects, bodies and voices to create a unique and enigmatic world of physical theatre.

The company formed in November 2009 and trained in the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq at London International School of Performing Arts (Lispa). Lispa teaches Lecoq’s playful approach to improvisation, mime and original theatre creation.

Glass Eye Theatre recently announced a new partnership as Associate Artists with the Greenwich Theatre, which has also supported the tour funded by Arts Council England.

The cast of The City and Iris features performers from across the globe – Brazil, England, Spain, Norway and America – Alaitz Cabriadia as The City and Vendor; Julia Correa as Iris; Cath Johnson as The City and Doctor Jones; John Michael MacDonald as The City and Jimmy; Cecilie Solberg Knudsrod as The City and Deirdre; and Txema Pérez as The City and José.

The City and Iris is directed by Cath Johnson, Artistic Director of Glass-Eye Theatre, who said: “We’re delighted at the prospect of sharing our own brand of physical storytelling with a wider audience. We can’t wait to perform this uplifting contemporary fairytale for audiences young and old alike to enjoy.”

Tickets: £11 – available from the box office on 020 7609 1800 or online at www.pleasance.co.uk/.

Time: 8pm.