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Gag: A Nasty Piece of Work

DATES: 2001 – 2002
GENRE: Performance
STATUS: Archive


Someone's taken a hostage. Maybe he's a bad stand up comedian who needs a captive audience to hone his act. Maybe she's a DJ, spinning discs, melting wax, subjecting the prisoner to constant easy listening in search of the perfect mix. Maybe there's a diary left by the hostage that tells us the truth of the chair and the bonds and the gaffer tape. We don't know if the hostage is a he or a she. We don't know their last words yet, but as we see them sitting helpless in the darkness which they think might be some kind of basement, we hear them whisper; "Don't laugh - this is my epitaph"

METRO-BOULOT-DODO push their trademark humour over the ledge of good taste and stretch themselves to their physical limits to an original soundtrack from Leicester-based recording artists Bathysphere (following their successful collaboration on The Final Fling). Using real-life hostage accounts and no ends of elastic this company carries out a sinister exploration of apolitical kidnapping and random acts of violence. Passing through and beyond the accepted definitions of the word Gag.

No more Mr Nice experimental theatre company.
This is a nasty piece of work.

“A highly enjoyable moral tale of domination and ambition run amuck played with wonderful timing and deadpan humour... Seriously funny ****”
The Irish Times