Suzanne Andrade - Cie 1927
'Golem has been on tour all over the world so you’d be well advised to try and grab a performance while it is in Brussels. You can be assured that you will leave the auditorium with your faith in the creative brilliance of theatre fully restored.' EU TODAY (full article here).
Traditionally, the Golem is an artificial, humanoid being, fashioned from clay to come to its creator’s aid.
In this instance, it is a plasticine figure which is given by its inventor to a friend. By turns slave or pet, this new-style Golem only uses slogans to express itself, as if everything started with the first syllable of its name (“go”!). In the end, it disappears into the first letters of Google.
Inverting dominance relationships, the mascot soon drives its master to the brink of insanity, making him a slave of the consumer society. A cross between silent film and animation, cabaret and cartoon, this production is full of baseline jokes written by Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt, whose actors, lacking any spirt of rivalry, maintain a constant dialogue with the images to the point of merging with them.
Suitable for Children? The show is quite dark and contains a few light swear words and some jokes which might go over the heads of younger children. However the piece is suitable for mature children aged 12 and upward, if accompanied by parents or guardians.
Golem, “funny, unsettling and unforgettable” - be.brussels express
★★★★★ “Funny, unsettling and unforgettable” The Times
★★★★★ “Groundbreaking with strokes of genius” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “Unlike anything you will have experienced before - 1927 is officially the sexiest theatre company in town” Evening Standard
★★★★★ "Delightful and deliciously sly" Financial Times
★★★★★ “It's Kafka meets Little Shop of Horrors” WhatsOnStage
★★★★★ “Brilliant and endlessly inventive” The Arts Desk
★★★★ "The ingenious 1927 mingle live performance, animation and film to disconcerting effect" The Observer
Directed & text
Film, animation & design
Associate direction & design
Genevieve Dunne, Nathan Gregory, Philippa Hambly, Rowena Lennon & Felicity Sparks
Projection screen design
Drums & Percussion
Joe Marchant & West Yorkshire Playhouse
Sarah Munro, Assisted by Martha Copeland
Helen Mugridge & Andres Velasquez
1927, Salzburg Festival, Théâtre de la Ville Paris & Young Vic
Development supported by
The Tolmen Centre Cornwall, Harrogate Theatre, Stratford Circus & Tom - The Old Market
Golem has been supported by
Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts
© Bernhard Mueller