Guidance - Adult Themes
This performance will be BSL interpreted
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About the work:
A hero and minotaur are locked in the ultimate death match. Theseus Beefcake journeys into the dark labyrinth of masculinity, colliding mixed martial arts, death metal, American frat culture, rodeos, pornography and Greek mythology along the way. Joseph Mercier and Lennie push against their personal thresholds of pain and pleasure in this unforgettable duet exploring masculine excess, fantasy, friendship and competition.
Written and created by Jordan Tannahill, Joseph Mercier and Lennie
Performed by Joseph Mercier and Lennie
Sound designer Dinah Mullen
Set and costumes by Rachel Good
Production manager Hannah Moore
Produced by Clara Giraud
Lighting design Joseph Mercier and Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn
Fight Coaching by James Duncalf
Collaborator for Research and Development Brendan Healey
The work was co-commissioned by Homotopia (Liverpool) and The Albany Theatre (London). It has received support in kind from Dance City (Newcastle), GLYPT’s Tramshed (London) and Chisenhale Dance Space (London).
The project has been funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
About the company:
PanicLab produces performance in the fields of contemporary theatre and dance often using the personal as a starting point. As a group, PanicLab is passionate about performance that is raw, honest, extraordinary and humble. The work the company makes is political, personal, serious yet with a good dose of humour. It is accessible to a wide audience, and unpretentious. It is always devised and necessarily collaborative.
Theseus Beefcake is a collaboration between Joseph Mercier and Lennie (performers and creators of the work) and multi award winning Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill.
When you enter the theatre you will encounter smoke and red lights. Two performers wearing masks are speaking to each other. Throughout the performance they speak directly to the audience, they wrestle/fight, sing and dance. They offer the audience alcoholic beverages, which you can choose not to accept. Near the end of the performance they invite the audience to join them onstage to watch the final scene.