UK TOUR April and November | Albany, Deptford 23rd and 24th April
PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 9th April, Royal Exchange Manchester
LONDON PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 23rd April, Albany, Deptford
With the forthcoming General Election, Mars.tarrab are bringing back their 2014 sellout 80s themed hit, examining the female voice, politics, coming of age and power throughout the decade via a splicing of Margaret Thatcher speeches with lyrics from popular 80’s pop songs. Rachel Mars and nat tarrab negotiate daring acrobatic feats, space hoppers and neon headbands to reflect upon a very troubled political landscape.
Rachel Mars was ten at the close of the 80s: she remembers Cats, lycra and The Power of Love. nat tarrab was eighteen: she remembers actively protesting against Margaret Thatcher. Using Material Girl to comment on monetarism and Whitney Houston to comment on homophobia, Mars.tarrab navigate a time period that is both very well-known in parts and surprisingly overlooked in others, using their trademark wit and collaborative energy to create a piece that branches from comedic to shocking at the flick of a switch.
Since its creation in 2007 by performer Rachel Mars and performer/visual artist nat tarrab, Mars.tarrab has been focused on creating visceral and physical work that is created around an experimental core. With a love of the funny, sad and revealing moments in life the company is focused on displaying these moments in their work with an uncompromising and intricately layered delivery.
Rachel Mars’s background covers comedy, theatre and live art performances that all have in common a deep rooting in autobiographical truth and endless pop culture references. Her shows vary from one woman pieces (The Way You Tell Them 2013), to collaborative shows (Sing It! Spirit of Envy 2014) that are led by her sharp, witty and observational texts.
nat tarrab as a visual artist creates intelligent and striking images on stage that spring from a deep passion for the topic. She is also a portrait artist. This is the third show that she has co-written and performed in with Rachel Mars.
Their previous work includes the dissection of gender Tomboy Blues – The Theory of Disappointment, and they are currently working with the Brighton Rockers Roller Derby Team on a new show The Lady’s Not For Walking Like An Egyptian was originally commissioned for the CounterCulture50 season celebrating Ovalhouse’s 50 years of vibrant and formally-inventive work.
The Lady’s Not For Walking Like An Egyptian by Mars.tarrab
Running Time: 1hr (no interval) | Suitable for ages 13+
Directed and Performed by Rachel Mars and nat tarrab Produced by Abby Butcher
Lighting Design by Seth Rook Williams Movement Consultant Imogen Knight
9th to 11th April Royal Exchange, Manchester
St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH
www.royalexchange.co.uk | 0161 833 9833
22nd April Norwich Arts Centre
St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG
norwichartscentre.co.uk | 01603 660352
23rd to 24th April The Albany Theatre London
Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
www.thealbany.org.uk | 0208 692 4446
9th November Barbican Plymouth
Sutton Harbour, Plymouth PL4 0DW
18th November Colchester Arts Centre
Church Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF
8pm | Pay What You Can Afford
01206 500900 | www.colchesterartscentre.com
Monday 23rd March 2015