Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fairy Tale That Paints a Reliance on Technology as the Big Badwolf. ; Colourful Production from Acclaimed Company Looks at How Hi-Tech Help Could Be Our Undoing in the Future

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fairy Tale That Paints a Reliance on Technology as the Big Badwolf. ; Colourful Production from Acclaimed Company Looks at How Hi-Tech Help Could Be Our Undoing in the Future

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AVIVID explosion of animation and colour that tells a cautionary story about our reliance on technology like a child's storybook - 1927 Theatre Company's acclaimed production of Golem is headed to Manchester next week.

For 10 days, the pioneering production company will bring their award-winning West End and Young Vic hit to Manchester - a real coup for HOME's senior producer for theatre, Kevin Jamieson, who brought the team in on the back of his previous work in Harrogate.

Kevin first came across 1927 in Edinburgh where one of their previous productions, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, which he recalls as being "in the top five most jaw-dropping shows you'll ever see".

He continues: "When I then started at HOME, I was talking to Walter (Meierjohann, artistic director for theatre) about companies who use a lot of light and animation and so on, and 1927 came up as a company he really liked.

"I obviously had the very direct connection, so one of the first jobs I had was to enquire about bringing them to HOME."

The play the group was working on at the time of Kevin's enquiry - and that they arrive in Manchester with on October 7 - was Golem, a complex and playful combination of live actors and musicians, on a backdrop and foreground of projected animations, that draws on two big stories.

First: Gustav Meyrink's 1914 debut novel The Golem, in which this mythical figure represents the spirit of a struggling community seen through the eyes of jeweller and art restorer Athanasius Pernath.

Second, it pulls on popular Jewish fokelore around the Golem - in which the character is a man made of clay who can only obey and is made a slave through the committed chanting of its master.

An original script written and directed by Suzanne Andrade, with animation and design by Paul Barritt and a score by Lillian Henley, 1927's Golem is a modern work for a digital age in which its bland protagonist Robert Robertson seeks to make his life more efficient by purchasing a Goelm - and then upgrading to a superior Mark II model. …

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