Dorset born and raised girl comes home with your invitation to the non wedding event of the year – post-intellectual-pseudo-spiritual-feminist-comedy-dance-theatre for today from young, award-winning up and coming theatre company Gracefool Collective
Following their successes with the international award winning five star smash hit This Really is Too Much, Gracefool Collective have a new show This Is Not A Wedding. Now, following a national tour the quartet want to invite Dorset audiences to non-wedding event of the year as this funny theatre/dance show heads to Weymouth’s Bay Theatre on 28 November and Dorchester Arts 29 November.
One member of the collective, Rachel Fullegar was born, raised and educated in Dorset (Weymouth and Bridport) and is thrilled to be bringing the new show to her home county for two shows
Expect to laugh, cry and shimmy along to the classics in this radical and apocalyptic reimagining of our most recognisable ceremonies. Marvel as four deﬁant brides attempt to maintain their dignity, please everyone and no one as they boldly wade through a mineﬁeld of tradition, conformity and expectation.
This Is Not A Wedding sees the four Gracefool’s use their signature concoction of anarchic, wildly entertaining dance theatre as they attempt to come to terms with coming of age in a high pressure, low tolerance, success driven society.
’A brilliantly observed pastiche… hilarious’ Richard Horsman, Culture Vulture
The performers – Kate Cox, Sofia Edstrand, Rachel Fullegar and Rebecca Holmberg – have created a radical, funny, unpredictable, stridently feminist and apocalyptic reimagining of some of our most recognisable ceremonies, inviting you to question the rigidity of life’s milestones.
Laugh out loud funny with a serious undertone about life and existence, the feisty and stylish quartet’s acts of anarchy include a perfunctorily sexy version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D and an apocalyptic karaoke sermon featuring Edith Piaf. They roll down the aisle in a ball of brides, perform a robotic march to Talking Head’s Road to Nowhere and make existential speeches questioning the meaning of life.
Gracefool Collective was created in 2013 by four young female theatre makers. Their post-intellectual-pseudo-spiritual-feminist-comedy-dance-theatre focuses on the absurdities of modern existence. It aims to provoke, delight, and defy convention through irreverent physicality, sharp writing and arresting characters. Their work is created, choreographed, devised, written and performed collaboratively and tackles serious issues while never taking itself too seriously. Their last show This Really is Too Much won the Stockholm Fringe Festival GRAND PRIX, the Swedish Festival’s top award.
The choreography is slick, the punchlines dark and the laughs constant, superbly written and fantastically performed’ ThreeWeeks ★★★★★ (on This Really is Too Much)
‘This Is Not A Wedding is for anyone interested in laughing, crying, singing, dancing, coming of age, coming together or coming apart at the seams.’ explained Rachel. ‘It’s made for the audience to have a really good time’ said Sofia, ‘but to cry a little too’ added Rebecca. ‘It’s not a wedding, but it is a celebration, and everyone is invited’ concluded Kate.
‘Comic verve and strong material skilfully performed’ The Stage (on This Really is Too Much)
See a short promotional video here https://vimeo.com/348828359
This Is Not A Wedding is supported through funding via REVEAL Bolton Octagon 2017, Northern Connections 2017 (Northern School of Contemporary Dance), Choreodrome at The Place 2017 & 2018 and Activate Performing Arts.
Running Length: 1 hour 10 mins Age Recommendation: 11+
Dorset listings Info: This Is Not A Wedding by Gracefool Collective
Fast rising young theatre/dance/theatre company with a fun, anarchic reimagining of our most recognisable ceremonies. Four deﬁant brides attempt to please everyone and no one, boldly wading through the mineﬁeld of tradition, conformity & expectation.
80 mins Suitable for ages 11+ www.gracefoolcollective.com
Thursday 28th November 7.30pm
Weymouth, The Bay Theatre, Weymouth College, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7LQ
£12, £10 01305 208702 www.ticketsource.co.uk/thebaytheatre
Friday 29th November 8pm
Dorchester, Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High Street East, Dorchester, DT1 1HF
£12, £10 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk