All Hail Ye Mighty Lords of Nowhere An intriguing concept, the adult puppet show, or rather I should say, a puppet show for adults. The world has effectively ended and mankind is no more. Two demons are discussing their new situation. What on earth are they going to do now?
Old Library, behind University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Radcliffe Square, 7th - 10th April, 7.45pm.
I always thought that demonic plans to wipe out the human race were a bit short-sighted when watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If your entire existence was directed at tormenting, thwarting, tempting, and torturing humans, you’re going to find yourself at a bit of a loose end when there’s nothing left but an ash-encrusted wasteland. Are they going to sit back, light a cigar, and congratulate themselves on a job well done? Are they going to become old codgers who reminisce endlessly about the good old days? Are they going to suffer anxiety about what the boss wants them to do next? Are they going to turn on one another in the absence of anyone else to torture? Are they going to find their existence unendurable and top themselves? Far be it from me to introduce spoilers.
The puppets were extraordinary – grotesque, creepy works of art which have the appearance of being disgustingly organic although they are in fact all papier-mache. These alone are worth leaving your house for. The puppet-master, one Alexander Winfield, who wrote, spoke for and operated the puppets, and directed, is clearly a hugely talented performer, and was ably supported with haunting piano music by Stella Shakerchi. I understand this is a work in progress, and parts of it, where audience participation is invited, are open to improvisation. I should imagine that with a larger audience than we had last night it could be extremely dynamic and entertaining.
I’d prefer my despair leavened with a bit more humour, but that’s just me. If you’d like something a bit weird and very dark, give this a shot.