Everyday Vengeance at Glasgow's Surge Festival
Al Seed returns to the stage with one-man performance during Surge Festival
Revenge has a healthy theatrical history: the Jacobeans liked nothing more than on-stage justified carnage, and even Hamlet covers the ground. Al Seed might be concentrating on its more mundane forms, but Everyday Vengeance marks his return to the stage after a period as one of the guiding forces behind Conflux, curators of the Surge festival.
‘I have been operating from the shadows for four years -- which has been very satisfying,’ Seed admits. ‘I have a Russian friend who said that you can only cross the line from artist to producer once: so this is an attempt to prove that wrong.’
Known as the clown prince of darkness, Seed’s best-remembered works, like The Factory, captured a sense of absurd menace and introduced a generation of theatre audiences to an uncompromising and expressive physical theatre. For Everyday Vengeance, Seed is combining his skills.
‘I have quite deliberately decided to make a piece that is both physical theatre and story telling. It is a stylistic mash-up: different story threads have different styles,’ he says. And although this is a solo performance, Seed balances the personal with the theatrical. ‘There is a miniature revenge tragedy contained within the show,’ he notes.
Although Conflux have a reputation for large scale performance, Seed is getting back to basics -- no props, no big set, just one man, his body and a series of stories. More than just the return of a much-missed performer, it is a reminder that even the minimal can be stunningly theatrical.
Tron, Glasgow, Thu 25--Sun 28 Jul