As part of the Preston Tringe festival, Louise Reay presents It’s Only Words, a comedy show in Chinese for people who don’t speak any Chinese at all!Advertisement
This unique debut from documentary maker and comedian Louise Reay is based on the idea that only 7% of communication is verbal. It’s Only Words experiments with the remaining 93%. You’ll understand it, but you won’t know why.
Described by Reay as “my first ever show where the audience will literally have no idea what I’m talking about”, It’s Only Words plays with the audience’s preconceptions about humanity and communication through a mix of clowning and stand up. Reay will range over some very familiar territory – family, sex and relationships – in a very unfamiliar language.
“It might sound strange” says Reay, “but people have been performing comedy in this way for centuries. This work is a nod to the medieval tradition of ‘grammelot’ where travelling performers used an expressive physical language to communicate.
“The show is based on my research through making documentaries with the most marginalised members of society, such as the elderly and illegal immigrants, so often isolated due to communication barriers, and with the deaf community who told me the deaf are so in tune with our body movements it’s almost impossible to lie to them!”
Title: Louise Reay: It’s Only Words
Venue: The Angel, 39 Lune Street, Preston PR1 2NN
Dates: Wednesday, 29th July 2015
Duration: 1 hour
More information about Louise Reay can be found on her website.
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