Chris Goode brings his new production, Keep Breathing, to Drum Theatre Plymouth this winter.
In this new piece of evolving, gently interactive documentary storytelling, Chris Goode looks at what can be found, said and shared in the space of a breath – nitrogen, oxygen and argon; love, laughter and longing; hopes, ideas, testimony.
Keep Breathing starts from an invitation made via the internet to individuals all over the world, to speak to an audience of strangers. They can say anything, on any topic, provided it can be spoken in one breath.
Through their offerings, a network gradually becomes revealed, connecting performer, authors and audience, locally and globally.
This piece briefly elevates breathing from the automatic and subconscious to actively consider it as a force between people – a fundamental ecological connection; a metaphor for social involvement.
A continuation of Chris’s work exploring big ideas in small formats, Keep Breathing also asks deep questions about what theatre can be and how we can know each other better in the space it occupies.
Marrying a gently intimate, conversational performance style to material derived from the documentary reality of real-world experience, Keep Breathing guides the audience through an emotional and intellectual journey that’s seductive, immersive, and full of the rhythms of life.
The piece was commissioned by Drum Theatre Plymouth with the support of London Word Festival.
Chris Goode brings Keep Breathing to Drum Theatre Plymouth from November 16 to 26, 2011. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Plymouth website.