Mind Out - current (2008)


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Being 'out of your mind' is taken literally in Station House Opera's performance work, Mind Out, which has developed from asking questions about what it is like to be mindful and mindless.

Separating mind and body, performer and character, Mind Out's performers are split in two. Each acts as the mind of another, giving simple instructions for action, formulating speech and expressing otherwise silent thoughts, while their own body responds to controls given by someone else. With constantly shifting relationships, minds and bodies become shared between two, three and even all of the performers. 
This separation of thought and action gives rise to the suggestion of a constructed psychological narrative, laced with black humour and allusions to love, masochism, alienation, self-control, empathy and madness. Mind Out builds on Station House Opera's fascination with shifting notions of identity, explored in previous works including Roadmetal, Sweetbread and Mare's Nest.

Press Quotes
"This is postdramatic theatre meets Buster Keaton. Enjoy."
Time Out ****
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"An elaborate, 70-minute theatrical game that pushes the notion of contradictory behaviour and cause-and-effect social manipulation to sometimes enjoyably ridiculous extremes."
The Times ***
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"Funny, spooky and slightly unsettling... A company that proves it can still be well ahead of the game."
The Guardian ***
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Groupe d'Etudes Interdisciplinaires en Arts Britanniques
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Downloads
Mind Out information pack (327.24 kb PDF)
Mind Out Script © SHO (1410.75 kb PDF)
Mind Out reviews (1378.22 kb PDF)