Mars.tarrab explode, expand and explore political texts and pop lyrics to ask questions about female clout and influence, the power of pop and memory. This anarchic romp sold out when it appeared at Ovalhouse as a work-in-progress for our Counterculture 50 Season in February 2013 and six weeks later Margaret Thatcher was dead. Developed and refined, this joyful and provocative show hits the main house at Ovalhouse for one week only this November.
What do you get if you cross all of the words of Margaret Thatcher’s public speeches with all of the words of every top ten hit by a female artist from the 80s, and look at them through the filter of American Tan tights? The 80s are back…with the small matter of the death of the Lady of the title to wrestle with…so pull out your Lycra and your legwarmers. This is the 1980s like you’ve never seen them before. Or, exactly like you saw them before.
In this fresh, re-mixed incarnation of their sell out show, Mars.tarrab face up; handbag to handbag on the questions of legacy which have come up from the Iron Lady’s’ death, what with Miley Cyrus and Louise Mensch: where have women got to in power, politics and pop?
And that’s not the only question; following the media storm that came after her death: Should she have had a state funeral? Do you have to show respect to the dead? Was criticism of her founded in misogyny or basic human reaction?
When does political satire become dancing on a grave? How can we complicate reactions to Thatcher beyond the polarised ones that seem to exist?
So now, Mars.tarrab are back to answer all these questions, with more neon and more lycra.
Mars.tarrab are joining forces with the brilliant director and movement director Imogen Knight (National Theatre, National Theatre Scotland, The Tricycle & Almeida) to bring you a show bigger than 1980’s mobile phones; packed with a series of post-show events listed below this is going to be one week at Ovalhouse not to be missed.
Free Post Show Events:
Living in a Ghost Town Thursday 21st November
Join the company, Danny Braverman, Nick Philippou and Penny Freeman to discuss what the 80s have done to the Arts as we know it.
The Lady’s Not For Voting Friday 22 November
Join the company, The Fawcett Society and others to discuss Women and Power.
Sizzling Saturday Sing-A-Long Saturday 23 November
Warm up your vocal chords for an alternative 80s karaoke party with your host the Fabulous John Sizzle (Gay Bingo)
Written and Performed By Rachel Mars and nat tarrab
Movement Consultant – Imogen Knight
Producer – Abby Butcher
Sound Design – Dominic Kennedy
Consultant academic – Ed Skidelsky, University of Exeter
For further information contact www.marstarrab.co.uk
Twitter: @marstarrab #NotForLadies
Ovalhouse: 52-54 Kennington Oval, London
Dates: 19th to 23rd November 2013, Preview 19 November.
Access Performance: BSL Interpreted show by Jacqui Beckford, Saturday 23 November. Tickets £8 for BSL users.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday 7:45pm
Prices: £14. Preview £7, concessions £10 / £8
Box office: 020 7582 7680
Friday 1st November 2013