Saturday, 2 May 2015

Dumbshow: Electric Dreams in Camden

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It's been a while since I've done a post about Dumbshow Theatre Company, but they have been far from idle. Following last year's tentative preview, one of my favourite theatre troupes is bringing their latest show, Electric Dreams, back to the Camden People's Theatre in London for a week-long run in its refined form.

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For those unfortunate enough to have missed Electric Dreams in its first incarnation (of which I was sadly one), the show is inspired by Naomi Klein's popular critique of neo-liberalism The Shock Doctrine. The drama revolves around Rose, who inexplicably has no recollection of the first 18 years of her life. Aided by a group of librarians whose premises are facing imminent closure, she begins a journey of discovery spanning 1950s mind control experiments, the erosion of the welfare state and the second Iraq War.
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I've always admired Dumbshow for their ability to use fantastical imagery and devices to explore present-day, real conflicts. Having won my heart first with Clockheart Boy, it's interesting to see them move in a more overtly political direction, and the timing is ideal given the general election which is taking place next week. On top of that, the Camden People's Theatre is a fantastically intimate little venue, making this an early candidate for one of the year's best shows. 
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Electric Dreams will be playing at the Camden People's Theatre from Tuesday, May 5 to Saturday, May 9. All performances take place at 7.30pm, with a post-show discussion taking place after the Wednesday show. Tickets are £12 for adults and £10 for concessions, and can be purchased here. Have a good time, and be sure to vote on May 7!

Daniel

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