Roadmetal, Sweetbread - current (2012)

photo by Hydar Dewachi
photo by Hydar Dewachi, with Florence Peake and Florian Feigl
photo by Hydar Dewachi, with Florence Peake and Florian Feigl
photo by Hydar Dewachi, with Florian Feigl
photo by Hydar Dewachi, with Florence Peake and Florian Feigl
photo by Hydar Dewachi, with Florian Feigl photo by Hydar Dewachi, with Florence Peake and Florian Feigl
photo by Hydar Dewachi, with Florence Peake and Florian Feigl
photo by Hydar Dewachi, with Florence Peake and Florian Feigl Photo: Jan Poloczek
Photo: Jan Poloczek Photo: Jan Poloczek
Photo: Jan Poloczek

 

Occupying an alternative world which bears an uncanny resemblance to reality, a man and a woman compete for survival with their own life-size video images. Projected life-size onto a wall, theperformers’ video personas vie with their live counterparts for attention and authenticity, regarding each other with conflicting emotions. Hidden motives, repressed impulses, covert violence and secret passions all become visible in this strange space which is part real, part intangible, part past and part present.

Station House Opera’s remarkable and award-winning production Roadmetal, Sweetbread has toured all over the world, each time especially recreated for the particular performance space. Now, 14 years after its very firstperformance in London, the production has been entirely recreated with a brand new cast. Combining live performance with synchronized film footage, every show is unique, each space viewed in a new light, as Station House Opera tantalises the audience and works its magic from a distance.

Written & directed by Julian Maynard Smith and Susannah Hart
Performed by Florence Peake and Florian Feigl
Video by Becky Edmunds
Production manager Oliver Hymans

 

 

Press Quotes
“The company’s achievement is to take a formal experiment and turn it into something rippling with undercurrents… this is a show with suggestive appeal"
Time Out

"A blistering good piece of work."
The Guardian

“One of the most inventive British theatre companies highlights the mismatches between our private thoughts and public behaviour.”
The Scotsman

"Roadmetal is a brilliant, unnerving, alternative reality, altogether too close for comfort”
The Daily Telegraph

"Brilliant... viciously modern"
The Independent

Past performances

UK
London, ICA
Cardiff, Chapter Arts /Art in Time
London, Hoxton Hall
Glasgow, New Territories -Tramway
London, Hayward Gallery
Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre

International

St Brieuc, Art Rock Festival
Lausanne, Théâtre Arsenic
Munich, Spiel Art Festival
Budapest, Trafo Theatre
Madrid, Alternative Theatre Festival
Dijon, Théâtre National Dijon, Bourgogne
Weimar, Kunstfest 2000
Geneva, La Bâtie Festival
Shanghai, Dramatic Arts Center
Rennes, Théâtre National de Bretagne
Reims, Le Manege
Beirut, Beirut Theatre
Hong Kong, International Arts Festival
Sitges, International Festival
Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi City Hall
Dusseldorf, Forum
Sao Paolo, Sociedade de Cultura Inglesa
Taipei, National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Center
Combs la Ville, Scene Nationale de Senart
Copenhagen, Kit Festival
Dresden, Hellerau
Frieis Theater
Helsinki, Kiasma
Beijing, North Theatre
Nevers, Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nievre
Berlin, Hebbel am Ufer
Amiens, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens
Thessaloniki, Fringe Festival 2
Ljubljana, Mladi Levi Festival
Vilnius, Sirenos Festival
Baku, Azerbaijan State Theatre of Musical Comedy

Nevers, MCNN
Paris, Theatre de la Cité Internationale

 

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