18 May 2022

London Metropolitan University: Festival of Cause & Effect

London Metropolitan University return to The Ditch for the Theatre and Performance BA students’ final show this month. The students have created the Festival of Cause & Effect, read on to find out more.

Embrace the unknown in a world beyond your control.

The underground spaces of Shoreditch Town Hall will be hosting the final year Theatre Arts’ students from London Metropolitan University. Their “Festival of Cause & Effect” will delve into how the two aforementioned terms influence our daily life. What potential is there for changing a human destiny that connects to our past, present and future?

The multidisciplinary performances draw inspiration from historical events, religious, political and socio-economic systems, patriarchal structures, family relations, fantasy, literature and myth. The stories will be told through text, film, movement, installation and sound to pave the way for meaningful conversations in the realm outside our grasp.

Upon arrival, the audience experience live installations performed by the actors from each company. These pre-show installations connect to the essence of the final performances, comprising five different interpretations of Cause and Effect. Before the show begins, the audience divides into intimate groups to authentically experience the site-specific performances which respond to the unique setting.

The five shows that are the pillars of the festival are:

After You Are Gone scrutinises the influence of childhood conditioning and its consequences in adult life distorting and shaping reality, where manipulation and abuse are hidden deeply in the subconscious.

Confessions of a Drunk Girl examines the strong female bond two strangers build when Megan finds Zoey passed out on the bathroom floor after being spiked.

Thee 8th Day shows that when Father created the world in 7 days, three angelic brothers are tasked with the final creation: Thee Human. With light running out, a prototype must be tested and readied for thee 8th day.

The Hive draws attention to themes of inequality, poverty and degradation through class and gender struggles, where the stories and lives of individuals intertwine.

Rat Race investigates the breakdown between an isolated community, the working class and authoritarian systems. Our collective and individual journeys are portrayed through physical and object theatre, shadow work and sound.

Where: The Ditch Shoreditch Town Hall

When: 26, 27 & 28 May at 7.30pm (doors at 7pm)

Book your tickets for free here.

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