Most of you probably don’t know this, but I grew up in the world of theatre. This means that at least a few times a month, my Dad would take me to the theatre to see something.
Some of it would be traditional: A Comedy of Errors was my first Shakespeare at the Young Vic when I was 9. Some of it was bizarre: The Office Party at The Barbican (review here) is honestly one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. Some of it was terrible: an all-female production of Twelfth Night at The Globe remains memorable (“my lady forgeteth her lines…taketh two!” – yes, really!). And some of it was spectacular: I still maintain that Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman at the Cottesloe is one of the best plays I’ve ever seen.
However, there was one moment in my thespian journey that I will never forget: De La Guarda! I was 10 years old and we were driving to an old warehouse in deepest East London to see “an Argentinian experimental physical theatre company” (as you do). A young Dominic West was in it and he had suggested we come along, so off we went.
I really had no idea what to expect. We arrived and the audience were squished into a very small dark space standing closely to one another. Above us was a low, paper ceiling which was eventually lit from above and saw people bouncing across on bungees creating beautiful silhouettes like dancers in the sky. Glow paint was splattered everywhere. People broke through the paper on bungee cords, picking up members of the audience and carrying them up so they disappeared.
Eventually the walls came down and the audience spread out a little. What followed was one of the most exhilarating, loud, chaotic, incredible performances I’d ever seen. Live bands played drums, and actors defied gravity and ran on walls. It remains one of the most memorable and mind-blowing pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen.
In 2006, the same team behind De La Guarda opened Fuerzabruta at the Roundhouse in Camden. It had rave reviews and sold out immediately. I was gutted not to have got tickets. But this is exactly the reason I decided to write this post. They have returned this Christmas for an extremely limited run at the same venue.
Tickets are around £40 which may seem a little steep if you’re not into theatre, but I would wholeheartedly recommend spending the money with no hesitation at all. Again, this one will sell out fast so don’t think about it too long.
Based on previous reviews, Fuerzabruta promises to be just as original, insane and sexy as it De La Guarda was, and I personally cannot wait to go and see this!! If you do buy fast and manage to get tickets, I’ve got one tip for you: wear comfy shoes as you’ll be standing all night, and don’t wear your best clothes as you might get wet / paint sploshed / kidnapped.Who knows? Anything goes….