The show explores death through vaudeville. It was the second piece that Complicite created and has been redirected by McBurney. Joining McBurney in the cast are Jozef Houben and Marcello Magni. Complicite has made vast strides in the international theatre scene since it was established, with its shows becoming regulars in both London and New York. Some of their landmark productions have included Street of Crocodiles, a fantasy inspired by the stories and life of the Polish writer Bruno Schulz; Out of a House Walked a Man, 1999’s Mnemonic, 2000’s Light and 2003’s The Elephant Vanishes. Complicite’s version of Ionesco’s The Chairs, which went to Broadway, was nominated for two Tony Awards.
The company was founded in 1983 by McBurney, Magni and Annabel Arden. McBurney remains as artistic director. Complicite’s website states its aims as follows: "the principles of the work have remained close to the original impulses: seeking what is most alive, integrating text, music, image and action to create surprising, disruptive theatre.”
For more information about Complicite, visit www.complicite.org.