LeftCoast presents Rear View by IOU
Opening to rave reviews in Norwich in May, LeftCoast are delighted to present Rear View in Blackpool 13-15 July with shows in the afternoon and evening. The show was awarded four stars by The Stage where they said: “A profound, perception-altering, poetic experience on the streets of central Norwich” The Stage.
‘If at 65 you could say something to yourself at 23, what would it be?’ Expect the unexpected and a few twists and turns along the way as Rear View takes you on a trip to our future, our past and asks us to revisit the choices we made, and to reflect on the past, present and future.
The streets of Blackpool become the stage as IOU’s new location-specific production Rear View takes to the road. Take a trip aboard IOU’s custom-made open top bus for an unforgettable journey that begins in a life-drawing class and quickly becomes a moving story about a woman’s life. Led by performance poets Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot, Rear View brings together reflections, predictions and observations that blur the line between reality and fiction.
Michael Trainor, LeftCoast’s Artistic Director, said, “Rear View is a great example of bringing unique experiences into an unusual location. Following on from the great success of DEPART, which we presented in Stanley Park, this is another show that will highlight Blackpool as a place to experience the very best of art and culture in the U.K.
“What makes this show really exciting is the use of pioneering technology where the audience wear headphones and experience the sound of the show in a whole new way. The ambient soundscape and poetic narrative are experienced through 360-degree positional sound, that really feels like it’s happening inside in your own head, different sounds will also be triggered by certain locations as they travel through the streets creating a truly unique experience.”
IOU has a 40-year tradition of creating work that combines many art forms presented in unusual indoor and outdoor spaces and festivals. This unique interactive experience is devised and directed by IOU’s Artistic Director, David Wheeler, written and performed by Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot with an original ambient soundscape created by Monty Adkins and Susie Green.
David Wheeler, Artistic Director at IOU says “This project has taken many years to develop and I’m really excited about seeing the tour and the different interpretations of the piece in each locale, and most importantly how audiences will engage with the work and how they respond to the unexpected and unpredictable nature of Rear View.”
Rear View will be performed at Blackpool on 13-15 July , created with Yorkshire-based international theatre company IOU, for more information and to book please visit www.leftcoast.org.uk/buytickets www.ioutheatre.org
Rear View is funded by Arts Council England. Co-commissioned and presented by Batley Festival, Festival of Thrift, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, LeftCoast, Blackpool; Fleetwood Festival of Transport featuring SpareParts, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Out There Festival, The Piece Hall, SO Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival. R&D supported by Without Walls.
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