UK Previews For New Daniel Kitson Show Polyphony

Daniel Kitson

Daniel Kitson will be previewing his new play, Polyphony, at Battersea Arts Centre, before performing it in Australia and New Zealand.

The London dates are March 16 - 21 and tickets go on sale at noon on March 10. Details here.




This is the information provided by Kitson on the BAC website:

"I have written a Play.*

It has a pretty epic scope, a relatively grand vision and somewhere in the region of twenty characters. It is, in short, a real humdinger.

Unfortunately though, it is a script so ambitious, so demanding, so exquisitely detailed that handing an actor this text and putting them in front of an audience is much like handing  a three year old child a pint of coffee and putting them in front of a zipwire.

It wont end well.

So I, ever vigilant, have pre-recorded each actor, in isolation, onto a separate tape, their fallibility erased with editing and their odious need for attention mitigated by the removal of the audience. Leaving a litany of individual voices – each one perfect and captured on a tape that when played back in precise unison will form a glorious theatrical polyphony.

The play is perfect.

The tapes are perfect.

I just need enough people to press play. That’s all."

*I directed it as well and I’ve got the main part too.

Writing in his latest newsletter, Kitson has said of the UK shows that "these are genuinely likely to be very rickety indeed. Especially the first two nights where I won't even have the tapes finished, I shouldn’t think."



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