Dark comedy meets clowning in Ramshackliciousʼ dystopian take on situation comedy. Set in a make-shift-haphazard-burger-van-come-family-home enter the world of Grime where violence and control prevail.
Blending together contemporary clowning, physical theatre, storytelling, live music, pyrotechnics and puppetry, Grime takes its unsuspecting audiences on an anarchic journey into the unexpected.
The characters and the aesthetic of the piece are influenced by the darker
and more grotesque side of comedy and clowning; buffoon and Commedia dell Arte are key influences. This style, contrasted with an unnervingly hyper-real, gritty naturalism, forms the back- bone of the show.
Grime uses a highly physical performance language enhanced with a rich, musical score. The whole piece is set to a live soundtrack, played by the members of the cast. The improvised sound- scape underpins and heightena the emotions of the action on stage.
During the show the set takes on a life as its own, existing as a character in its own right, an outward demonstration of the internal struggles. Constructed in two parts; upstairs and down- stairs; the latter the functional run down burger van, and former the haphazard, makeshift shack where the family lives.
Grime was made with support of Arts Council England, WithoutWalls, ZEPA2 and Atelier 231