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The central conceit of Mind Out, is that each of the five cast members undergoes a complete separation of mind and body onstage. The actions and expressions of thought or feeling of one actor are under the control of another, whose will is exerted through verbal instructions. an example: a directs B to sip from a mug of tea. but it is B who tells C to swallow. This basic premise acquires an increasingly dotty domino effect as the show progresses. Roles shift in terms of who has power over whom, instructions lengthen and passages of cartoon violence ensue. There is no actual plot or characters, only commands and imposed motivations that are either met with co-operation or resistance. The result is an elaborate, 70-minute theatrical game that pushes the notion of contradictory behaviour and cause-and-effect social manipulation to sometimes enjoyably ridiculous extremes.
- Donald Hutera, The Times
Devised And Performed by Zena Birch, Tom Bowtell, Susannah Hart, Julian Maynard Smith, Helen Morse Palmer
Station House Opera
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