Kim Noble has returned to the Soho Theatre with his totally unforgettable show You’re Not Alone for a five week run. The show ran at The Soho Theatre earlier this year and it returning following its 5* reviews. It’s Christmas, the time of the year when people try not to be alone.
Noble’s show addresses the search for the true meaning of love and connection through the mediums of film, narrative and comedy. As a pre-warning, this show is sexually explicit, displays images of pornography, the dissection of dead animals, a man crafting a vagina from a chicken breast as well-filmed scenes of Noble testing out his theory about sex with inanimate objects. This show is not for the prudes amongst us however, it is not for the sensationalist either. In fact Noble almost hypnotises his audience in to a sense of normality as he searches for that illusive real connection.
As an audience member we sit and watch videos of Noble defecating in a Church, drilling a hole into his neighbour’s wall so he can listen to them having sex, we watch a video he has made for his man crush “Morrison’s Check- out man” Keith. We hear his conversations with a B&Q HR representative as he resigns from his voluntary job in a local store. We read text conversations he has initiated with a lorry driver whose phone number he found on a toilet wall. The audience laughs, in fact howls of laughter and screeches of enjoyment are heard from the auditorium, nothing is off limits with Kim Noble and nothing is judged. Everything is presented as fact and just accepted.
It’s hard to categories the work that Kim Noble creates; it blends various genres and platforms including uncomfortable audience interaction, recordings of the spoken voice, reality TV at its most extreme. (that is filming people without them knowing.) These acts may for some audience members posit a moral dilemma yet for others provide a source of entertainment and hilarity. Noble exposes the raw, open and obscene, as well as the darkness and loneliness that can exist within the human condition. What levels will someone go to – to find a connection, create a friendship, to not be alone.
In the one hour production we witness the remarkable iconoclast Kim Noble, draw his audience into his world of despair, loneliness and pornography/self-gratification. We watch Noble care for a dead pigeon he finds outside his house, remove all the hair from his body and tape up his genitalia in an attempt to look like his female creation “Sarah”. We watch Noble search for a connection, any connection that will give his life validation.
However, the show isn’t all about exposing the fraudulent, provocative and outrageous behaviour of mankind, it is also shows the tender and gentle side of Noble, showing him care for his father who is living out the end of his life with dementia. The most traumatic of these scenes is watching Noble’s father being bathed in a shower and watching someone wipe his father’s bottom. This to me is far worse and upsetting that anything that we have witnessed within the hour’s show. Losing your mind and not knowing those around you is definitely a lonely world.
Noble isn’t present at the end of the show. The audience sit awkwardly, cheering and clapping the maverick Kim Noble and he isn’t here to hear it! After the show had finished, my friend and I l talked about it for three hours, we loved it. It is probably the most thought-provoking show either of us has ever seen. Noble’s methods may be questionable but his end result justifies his means in our opinion.
Review by Faye Stockley
KIM NOBLE: YOU’RE NOT ALONE
Blending performance, comedy and film, Kim Noble tries to get close to other people on this planet. Keith for instance. You maybe.
You’re Not Alone is a provocative, moving and comic production that chronicles one man’s attempts at connection, friendship and employment at B&Q. Kim Noble takes his audience on a journey through tower blocks, supermarkets and Facebook, seeking an escape from the loneliness of modern society. It is an intimate glimpse into the mind of an eccentric genius.
KIM NOBLE: YOU’RE NOT ALONE
Tue 8th December 2015 – Saturday 9th January 2016, 7.15pm
21 Dean Street
London W1D 3NE