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Dead Wedding
On from 22 Jan 2008 till 26 Jan 2008
by Faulty Optic and Mira Calix
Genre(s): New Writing

About: Dead Wedding

This reinvention of the Orpheus myth is a macabre mix of puppetry, film and opera. The story unfolds in Hades, the land of the dead – a surreal landscape populated by desperate souls and corroding memories.

Ripped apart by the fickle Bacchae, Orpheus is busy gathering his strewn body parts back together. If he can find Eurydice and persuade her to remarry him, they can be together for eternity, but she is desperately trying to wash something terrible away…

Cult puppetry company Faulty Optic is renowned for its visual theatre, incredible automated sets, strange animated figures, cronked inventions and dark, ironic humour. Since 1987 its work has broken down standard conceptions of puppetry.

Mira Calix's music uses jittering beats and experimental electronic textures. As a live performer and DJ, she has supported and toured with a broad range of acts including Radiohead and Aphex Twin.

Presented in association with the London International Mime Festival and Opera North.

Suitable for ages 14+ (Deals with adult themes)

22 – 26 Jan 2008

80 mins/no interval

23 Jan: Post Show Talk. Gavin Glover and Liz Walker of Faulty Optic and Mira Calix in conversation. Free to same day ticket holders.


'There's more to Faulty Optic than puppetry. Its dislocated Land of the Dead is brought to life with animated film and every type of non-verbal drama you can think of...constantly engaging.' The Times

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