Taking as his inspiration Ovid's Metamorphoses, Dickie Beau presents a poetic performance of peculiar personas.
Continuing his shtick of using playback, in which he 'channels' voices he sees as being misplaced, misrepresented or misunderstood, Dickie breathes new life into found sound, 're-writing' audio artefacts and playing them back through his body to become a live performing archive of the missing.
Presenting a compelling constellation of vivid characters inspired by cultural antiquity, Lost in Trans - is an off-road trip through the cultural archives. Cyclops, the one-eyed giant, becomes a third eye through which we view the world anew, including a radical re-visioning of Echo, the Nymph, of whom all that remained when she died of a broken heart, and her bones turned to stone, was the sound of her voice...
Dramaturg: Julia Bardsley
Lighting Design: Marty Langthorne
Premiere: June 6,2013 at Contact Theatre Manchester (UK)
June 7 and 8, 2013 at Contact Theatre Manchester
July 11, 2013 at Southbank Cenetre London
Lond0on-based performer and intrepid drag fabulist, Dickie Beau, is a postmodern cultural pickpocket, maverick theatre-maker, actor and twisted video star, looting a range of performance traditions, from ‘low culture’ to ‘high art’, in the creation of distinctive performance experiences.
Dickie draws on clowning, theatre, drag and mime, without being exclusive to one school’s rules; merging the sensibility of contemporary culture with queer twists and informed echoes of the past.
Increasingly combining original video and sound work with live performance, he crosses over, stands at the edges, and lies in between conventions. Which might sound pretentious, but that’s the ‘art of the matter.