Too: A Sound Work for Theatre

Somewhat like Gregorian chant, Too is premised on the richness of austerity.

An unspecified future finds Myra in a windowless room, salvaging domestic goods gathered from a contaminated landscape: bowls, clothing, flowers, books. Inscrutable, her gestures thoroughly deliberate, Myra stands resilient at the centre of historys unstoppable flow. Is the heartbeats audible electric charge her own, or that of the globes economic relations?

Too wonders about the paradoxically hectic standstill of repetition, and the silence that swirls at the centre of the dream. There is a market for everything; there may be no words..

Collaboratively created as part of La Mama Theatres 2012 Explorations series, Too is based on two implied narratives. It brings into polyphonic relationship a radio chronicle of the stock market and the embodied experience of a womans work. Structurally and metaphorically each of these elements - each melodic line - is a condition for the other. Experienced as counterpoint they can become, of course, something else: beyond words, ineffable.

Creative team - Writer Cynthia Troup / Performer Carolyn Connors / Composition & Sound Design Ben Byrne

Performance history - 2012 - 12 - 14 November: Melbourne, La Mama Theatre, part of La Mamas annual Explorations series of new work in progress