The Endling (FEAST Theatre Festival)
We live in a time of ‘Endlings’ – the last individual of a species – caused by human actions. You may remember Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise, but do you remember Turgi, the last Polynesean Tree Snail? He died in a plastic box and his grave marker read “1.5 million years BC to January 1996”. In this quirky, humourous, physical performance, Strange Futures ask some difficult questions, without blaming. How can we stop viewing ourselves as separate from the rest of he living world? Should we, perhaps, be choosing to move towards a human Endling. What if that Endling was you?
Strange Futures have consulted environmental specialists and been working creatively on a local nature reserve to develop a physical vocabulary that responds to the environment, with extra support from performer/director Julian Spooner of Rhum & Clay, renowned for his suburb physical performance (War of the Worlds, Mistero Buffo, Testosterone).
FEAST – the Festival of Equality in Arts and Society through Theatre – returns for 2021 to bring Malvern a packed programme of theatre, workshops, dance, talks and more, from 20 – 28 September. This year’s venues include Malvern Cube, The Coach House Theatre, Elmslie House, The Octagon Community Centre and The Theatre of Small Convenience, which will host performances that are compelling, meaningful, provocative and topical. The events are linked by a belief in the vital role theatre and the arts can play in promoting our wellbeing and growth as a community, fostering an understanding of differences that makes us stronger.