The Librarians

Category: Show Related artist: Pestiferous

‘The Librarians’ is a new site-specific show for libraries and their communities. The show combines dance, comedy, physical theatre and poetry in this accessible, yet unusual, immersive performance. The 20-minute piece pops out of the shelves to surprise an unsuspecting audience and encourages them to join in and see their local public space in a new way.

Four ‘Librarians’ roam the library, archiving, shelving, organising and sometimes flying with their beloved books. The books take on a life of their own and lead the audience into the library to explore what lies within the pages… Comic and theatrical dance vignettes happen around the library; giving the audience a chance to see exotic birds in the Wildlife section, find true love with ‘Bind Date’ in the Romance section and get limbered up and ready to read with some ‘Booksercise’ in the Health and Fitness section.

The piece urges audiences to join in and be part of the performance through light participation, but allows apprehensive audience members to stay as passive observers.

Quotes about the Show
“A perfect mix of high quality performance and irreverent & accessible humour, yet also poignant too. The breadth of audience ages showed how open it was to all – people really loved it.”
(Simon Hollingworth – Transported Programmer)

“It’s better than Telly!”

“Bonkers, Bizarre and very funny’

“The most fun I’ve had with my clothes on”

“A very stimulating and immensely funny event that had the clear aim of encouraging people to use their local library”

“Brightened a dull day. I feel much better now”
(Audience Members in Kent & Lincolnshire Libraries)

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Show Details

  • Date Created: 2013
  • Length: 2 minutes
  • Scale: Small scale
  • Capacity: Under 500
  • Availability: Has touring availability
  • Language: Non-text based
  • Audience type: All audiences, all ages