Split Britches: Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)
Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.
In our Situation Room, twelve audience members are invited to become a Council of Elders to discuss the global issues of the day, as the company weave in satirical insights and humour.
Adopting the characters of a bombastic general and ineffectual president, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches lace this interactive piece with both playful urgency and lethargy, encouraging discussion about the political landscape. The pioneering theatre-makers see unexploded ordnances as a metaphor for the unexplored potential in elders and hope to uncover buried resources in us all.
'Planes carrying nukes, the terrifying sound of life atomized into static noise: “Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)” feels very much of the minute...It is also wonderful to watch the rapport Ms. Weaver and Ms. Shaw have forged over shared decades.’ - The New York Times. Full review here.
3pm - 5pm, Split Britches: Meet and Greet
Ahead of their performances of Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts on the 13th and 14th of March, Split Britches will be hosting a ‘meet and greet’ for friends, artists, and members of the local community in our cafe-bar. Join Lois and Peggy in conversation as they discuss the themes of the performance, how we can act upon our unexplored desires, how we age in a world with an uncertain future, and enjoy a cup of tea and some cake! 3pm - 5pm on Sunday 11th March, at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts’ cafe. This is event is free, drop in and open to all.
Performed by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw
Written by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw and Hannah Maxwell
Created in collaboration with Jo Palmer, Claire Nolan, Matt Delbridge, Alex Legge, Edythe Woolley and Meghan Hodgson
Technical Design - Jo Palmer
Video Content Design - Claire Nolan
Design Consultant - Matt Delbridge
Sound Design - Vivian Stoll
Choreography Consultant - Stormy Brandenberger
Producer - Alex Legge
Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) was created and developed from 2016-2018 through a series of residencies with elders and artists in London, New York, Los Angeles and beyond.
Development supported by In Company Collective with additional support from Arts Council England, the Barbican, Doris Duke Foundation, University of Richmond & Queen Mary University of London.
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Dates & Times
Tuesday 13 March, 20187:00pm
Wednesday 14 March, 20187:00pm