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Paul Blakemore

We supported the work of four British contemporary performance artists who were selected as part of the 2016 Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX.


Rachel Mars - Our Carnal Hearts

When: Wed. April 6 & Thurs. April 7, 2016 @ 7pm (55 mins)

Where: Museum of Human Achievement, Canopy, 916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

This fairy comes round your house. You, she says, are in luck. Ask for anything you want. Anything in the world and I’ll give it to you. But whatever you ask for, your neighbor gets the same thing, but double. Great. You say. Fine. Cut out one of my eyes. 

Our Carnal Hearts is a celebration of envy; a call for everyone we’ve ever wanted to be and everything we’ve ever wanted to own. A place to whoop at our own fragility and delight against our better nature. A toast to our competitive spirits and a rumbling dance for the ugly gutter-tramping parts of our souls. Born from the suspect parentage of an ideological rally, a drunken sing-song and a horrible but seductive dream, this show continues Rachel’s interrogation of envy, success and song .

With original music composed and arranged by Louise Mothersole. 

Developed with the support of Arts Council England, South East Dance in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Trust, Orchard Project (NY), CPT, Cambridge Junction, Ovalhouse, American Repertory Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.


Both joyful and delightfully painful. Moved me to celebrate what is terribly human with song and revelry. - Ari Barbanell, Theatre Producer, American Repertory Theatre

A show of wit and verve that -aptly- hides a dark heart. - Louise Stephens, Royal Court Theatre, UK

Our Carnal Hearts is a gorgeous, gleeful rummage through our darkest urges. Funny, sinister and intimate, it is part capitalist satire and part emotional vivisection. - Jonathan Wakeham, Screenwriter

Deborah Pearson - Like You Were Before

When: Thurs. April 7, 2016 @ 5pm (50 mins)

Where: Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 E Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Deborah Pearson revives her first ever solo piece, Like You Were Before, a show from five years ago about leaving Canada five years before that. Using a video she took in October of 2005, she attempts to reinsert herself into the frame, and into this old show, standing in a hall of mirrors of five year intervals. This is a show about 'doing it like it used to be done' and moving forward, backwards.


…a beautiful, accomplished, bittersweet and philosophical work on love, loss and memory. - The List

An unmissable homespun glance into how we got here, even if we don’t quite know where we’re going. - The Herald

Rachel Mars & Greg Wohead - Story #1

When: Fri. April 8, 2016 @ 4pm & 9pm (120 mins)

Where: Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 E Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

A reckless, reflective and live thinking-through of how and why we construct narrative. We promise no less than 120 minutes. We promise real fictional characters. We promise a plot. We promise a surprise twist. We promise a rupture. We promise an ending. We promise a rupture. 

This performance contains explicit sexual content and images and is therefore recommended for ages 18+. An Ovalhouse seed commission.


Imagine a bullfight without the bull: it would be a set of aesthetic manoeuvres, pretty twirls and pirouettes and so on – but there’d be no danger. The bull, crucially, brings danger to the party… that’s what the real is: the tip of the bull’s horn. - Tom McCarthy

Story #1 is like a live grenade thrown at television: a thrilling exploration of truth, fiction and the strange space between. - Jonathan Wakeham, Screenwriter

A funny and twisted exploration of our collective obsession with sensation, gore, genre and a damn good story. - Aaron Wright Artistic Director, Fierce Festival

Story #1 ranks as one of the truly brilliant, merciless and oddly narratively satisfying things I’ve encountered on stage. - Deborah Pearson Co-Director, Forest Fringe

Dickie Beau - Dickie Beau: Unplugged

When: Sat. April 9, 2016 @ 4pm & 7pm (60 mins)

Where: North Door, 501 Brushy St, Austin, TX 78702

Dickie Beau is an actor, physical performer and intrepid drag fabulist. He takes the familiar technique of lip-synch and refines it into an artform, to create work which is funny, virtuosic and eerily beautiful. In this intimate and stripped-back performance, Dickie takes the usually unheard of step to speak in his own voice, telling the story of how his love affair with found sound began; how it speaks not only to, but also for, him; and reveals that there is more to this lip-synching lark than meets the eye. Part old school cabaret show, part 21st Century séance, this is an opportunity to enter the world of one of the UK’s most distinctive and exciting new talents.


Superb work… demonstrating astonishing technical competence and conceptual ambition. - The Guardian

Dickie Beau is the closest this country has to a genuine medium, putting flesh onto recorded sound in a manner both gripping and disturbing - This Is Cabaret

Phenomenal talent … a powerful and moving artist. - Time Out

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