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Walking the dead dog!     

Walking the dead dog! Volcano Theatre Company are at it again! We believe that extraordinary things can happen with the right combination of the right people. In an attempt to make the unexpected happen in Swansea and Newport, Volcano has teamed up with Creative Wales 2009 award winner Marega Palser who makes up one half of the surreal performance duo Mr & Mrs Clark.

Continuing the experimental Unknown Pleasures series which last year, presented Threshold with Marc Rees, Volcano has put Mr & Mrs Clark at the helm of the latest offering – Walk the Dead Dog.

Mr and Mrs Clark have been making acclaimed work around South Wales and beyond for nearly a decade and for the last month the couple have been working with five final year students from the performing arts course at Swansea Metropolitan University to create Walk the Dead Dog.

Walk the Dead Dog explores the practice of “outsider” art or the feeling of being on the exterior looking in. It is both a performance and an exhibition of creativity - an explosion of new ideas and a melding of different performance styles and choreography. Mr and Mrs Clark have created an exchange. You come to theatre with reason in your head and leave enchanted. You enter the theatre overrun by the concerns of today and the worries of tomorrow and you leave - feet tapping out a beat, not quite sure where you parked the car!

Walk the Dead Dog will perform at Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea on the 28th & 29th May and The Riverfront, Newport on the 30th May 2009.


The Unknown Pleasures series is a totally unique collaboration between Volcano Theatre Company, Taliesin Arts Centre and Swansea Metropolitan University. The aim of the project is to create a space for experimentation and risk in performance and provide opportunities for new and emerging artists in Wales. Artistic Director of Volcano Theatre Company, Fern Smith says,

“Volcano’s work has always had at its heart a spirit of innovation and collaboration. Unknown Pleasures is all about bringing new combinations of performers, artists and designers together to experiment and to re-interpret and wrestle with tried and trusted ways of making theatre. Unknown Pleasures is bold in the very truest sense of the word. It is a small space in Welsh theatre where radicalism and risk can be actively celebrated. The Welsh have a strong and proud history of opposition and resistance in literature, language, culture and history. Unknown Pleasures roots itself firmly within that great tradition of ‘the outsider’.”

During the Unknown Pleasures project selected students get the chance to collaborate with professional performers, directors and designers – creating a performance that is presented on the public stage. Previous students who took part in Unknown Pleasures #1 Threshold have gone on to achieve further professional work in the performing arts.
 
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