How A Man Crumbled
Clout theatre company to produce Russian surrealist-absurdist's work in Glasgow
Combining the anarchy of Lecoq physical theatre and the absurdist charms of Russian author Daniil Kharms, Clout’s How A Man Crumbled arrives in Glasgow after a successful run at the 2012 Fringe. Although the company have a new piece for this year’s Fringe, co-founder George Ramsay affirms that a year of touring has not diminished their passion.
‘Kharms is our first love, and although we've met someone else, he'll remain in our hearts till death do us part,’ he says. Since Crumbled is full of surreal moments -- it follows the flawed attempts by sinister storytellers to complete a tale -- the experience of performing is suitably unpredictable.
‘Performing the show is like setting off a firework every night,’ he continues. ‘Sometimes it explodes in glorious flight, sometimes it ricochets off a wall and hits the crowd, sometimes it explodes in your face, but there's always that exciting risk there.’
While Lecoq technique has become relatively familiar, Kharms remains obscure: despite being a popular children’s writer, the Soviet state arrested him as a traitor. How A Man Crumbled boldly rescues his reputation. It is, Ramsay insists, a labour of love: ‘we will play it whenever invited. It's always a delight to crumble.’
Tron, Glasgow, Thu 25--28 Jul