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I never thought theatre company 1927 could top their last show, The Animals & Children Took to the Streets, but they have. They are a genre all of their own, with the most extraordinary blend of animation, performance and music and the subject matter of this new show, human-technology interaction, completely suits the form. It must be the most original, clever and slickest show in town.

Brother and sister Rob & Annie Robertson live with their Grandma. Rob works in an office and they both play in the political punk band Annie & the Underdogs. Grandma stays at home knitting and pining for her deceased husband Stanley. Rob’s nerdy friend invents the Golem, a crude robotic helper-companion, and Rob takes one home. From here, we see the impact at home, in work, in relationships and in society in general as Golem evolves into Mark II and Mark III.

Settings and animation are projected onto the back screen and the actors perform in front of it and, with seamless synchronisation, interact with it. The visual style of Paul Barritt & performer Esme Appleton’s design, with costumes by Sarah Munro, is a unique, quirky, cartoonish, surrealism. The music by another performer, Lillian Henley, is equally quirky and other-worldly and adds much to the atmosphere of the piece. It’s funny as well as being extraordinarily inventive and it’s great storytelling too.

1927 aren’t even ten years old, and this is only their third show (not counting an opera adaptation in Germany, a film and a music collaboration!) but they are already masters of their craft. Founders Suzanne Andrade (writer and director) and Paul Barritt (animation, film and design) have created something very special and unmissable.

 

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