Bodies meeting bodies amidst the dark corners, flashing lights, blaring music. A touch lingering. Whispered suggestion. Deny? Accept. The aftermath, the pillow talk, the next morning. Connection. Unexpected flourishing. The subversion of all your expectations.
Ringmaster is a devised production brought to you by Network Theatre. Using Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde as a jumping off point, we seek to explore how performativity, sex, and relationships intertwine in contemporary London through a series of interlocking dialogues between the archetypical characters of today. We draw on elements of physical theatre and queer theatre to produce this electrifying work that reflects the highs and lows of our human connections. We ask:
In our sexual & romantic lives, how do public personas influence private performances? What forces are behind our negotiations of consent? How many relationships have been lost over the inability of men to load the dishwasher correctly?
Ringmaster takes its signature blend of camp, irony, metatheatre, poetics, and subversion straight to the heart of our desires - can we really control them as much as we think we can?
The creative team behind Ringmaster bring several years of experience in theatre-making to Network Theatre, with training from East 15 Acting School, Trinity Laban, and McGill University and having previously made highly-lauded work together for VAULT Festival 2018 and the Montreal FRINGE.
Network Theatre Company are a long-running community theatre company (77 years and counting!) based in Waterloo, putting on productions from classic plays to new writing, comedy to drama, musicals to, well...Ringmaster!
Director: Daniel Carter
Assistant Director: Alex Farrell
Assistant Director: Agnes Rivet
Cast: Emily Bates
Cast: Shamini Bundell
Cast: Kim Gabriel
Cast: Eimear Lacey
Cast: Guillaume Lannes
Cast: Matthew Partridge
Cast: Dom Thomson
Cast: Sarah Wenban
Stage Manager: Louie Renna
Dramaturg: Susan Potts
Production Assistant: Sue Small
Sound Design: Mike Wyer
Light Design: Paul Evans