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Catastrophic Sex Music
It's a duologue which gives us not so much a narrative as a stream of ideas. Loosely speaking, a couple speak of venturing - "wearing their hot flesh in the twilight" - into a fantasy liminal world of bohemian living, inhabited by the theseus of Greek myth and by desperate artists "slashing the disease out of canvases". the shiny and the seedy are intertwined - the bohemian quarter lies "under a grey sick sky", and the woman finds herself sexually exploited by the debauched crowd. there are echoes of the tension between apollo and Dionysus, reason and sensuality that Shaffer frequently explored. But the aim of the piece seems not to be to use words to convey clear ideas, but rather for a tangle of free-association that will engage us viscerally above all.
- British theatre Guide
as part of the Mercury's ongoing support for new Artists we Are producing this experimental evening And invite you to give us your gut response After each performance which will Affect the future development of the piece. 22 year old Bysshe Coffey has written this heady violent work for his generation And we Are finding his poetry speaks to many Age groups.
Mercury Theatre Company
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