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Atlantis by Lydia Cottrell | A Culture Vulture Joint

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Hotly-tipped performance artist Lydia Cottrell recreates Atlantis, her one woman space race, for one night only at the NSCD’s Riley Theatre in Leeds.

A Culture Vulture Joint with Leeds Inspired, Atlantis whisks the audience on an interstellar journey and asks some pretty big questions: What did we learn from the race into space? What did we gain by getting there? Can we train for failure, and do dreams really come true? Utilising stage projection, hot dogs and a child-sized paddling pool, Atlantis explores the answers to all these questions and more.

Along the way, Lydia considers the idea we all inhabit a spaceship – Spaceship Earth - and draws a parallel between our planet and the Space Shuttle’s namesake, the mythical island that sank beneath the waves.

The show is provocative, funny and highly kinetic, as you would expect from one half of 70/30 Split (with creative partner Sophie Unwin), who were described by The Guardian as being ‘as touching as they are resolutely fearless.’

“The work is extremely physical," Lydia says. "Mainly the show is about dreams, how hard we work to achieve them, how failure along the way affects us, and what happens when we do reach our goals.”

Atlantis (A Culture Vulture Joint with Leeds Inspired) is at the NSCD’s Riley Theatre, 98 Chapeltown Rd, Leeds LS7 4BH on Friday 20th September 2019. Tickets - £7.00.

Artwork by RoB Molloy

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