Each month, Arts Council England includes some feedback from its own staff about work they’ve seen – and this month they are talking about Unlimited – so for example, here’s what Lucy Murray, Relationship Manager, Theatre had to say about Mad Gyms and Kitchens by Bobby Baker:
Mad Gyms and Kitchens is a playful reflection on Bobby’s personal experiences of mental health system following diagnosis of her personality disorder more than 10 years ago. Bobby expertly performs a series of informative and absurd demonstrations through her personalised package of ‘wellbeing’ equipment which results in a humorous and touching glimpse into the struggle and celebration of achieving wellbeing in a society confused by conflicting advice, diagnosis and classification.
The comments from staff are also accompanied by a short 3 min film (also available via YouTube) of some audience reaction – including feedback from John Snow and Charles Hazelwood. They grabbed Charles as he came out of Janice Parker’s Private Dancer – great to hear him talking about breaking down the divides between performer and audience.
And Ramesh Meyyappan’s show is described as ‘the best piece of physical theatre I have ever witnessed’ – all in all, pretty good going!