Third Person: Bonnie and Clyde Redux
Proto-type Theatre's newest work told through two actors and an overhead projector.
This might be their first full-length show in Scotland but Proto-type Theatre are no strangers to Glasgow. The company, founded in 1997 in New York City, enjoyed a brief residency at the CCA before establishing its current home in Lancaster in 2006. Four years later, having gained a reputation for innovative theatre and live art with productions Whisper and Virtuoso, they’re touring the UK with their newest work, Third Person: Bonnie and Clyde Redux.
According to writer and artistic director Peter S Petralia, the show builds on the group’s past formal experimentations but maintains a sparse, lo-fi feel. ‘We really explore the idea of what it means to be on stage,’ he says. ‘We don’t so much tell the story of Bonnie and Clyde, rather we raise a lot of questions of what it means to be obsessed with people who were murderers. So it’s useful not to come expecting to hear the whole narrative spelled out in minute detail because this is not that show.’
Instead, Petralia describes the production as an ‘autopsy’ of the legendary tale, told simply through two actors and an overhead projector. And ultimately, he credits the performers with much of its success. ‘What I really like about the show is the way that the two performers seduce the audience into liking them, and then make you question whether you should be liking them at all. It really humanises the figures of Bonnie and Clyde, who are very much romanticised but were also brutal killers.’
The Arches, Glasgow, Thu 18 & Fri 19 Nov