★★★★★ "Physical Theatre at its finest. Unmissable!...The hairs on the back of my neck, all the way down my spine and along my arms stood straight up” Everything Theatre.
"Lyn Gardmer's pick of the most interesting shows at Edinburgh Fringe" The Independent.
★★★★ "A masterclass...Clever and engagingly effective, Offstage is hugely watchable and exceptionally powerful”Act Drop
"OFFSTAGE is clever, adroitly performed"Scotsman.
"OFFSTAGE boldly commits to the world its created and is, on the whole, successful"Fringe Review.
"This contemporary performance will be etched in my mind memory for a very long time... Pushing theatre into innovative and exciting places at the same time" Number 9 Reviews.
"A worth watch created by people whose future work I'm keen to follow"Arthur's seat
What appears to be light and entertaining, can be dark and lonely behind the curtains. Using onstage and backstage as a metaphor for public and private lives, OFFSTAGE takes a look behind the curtain at loneliness and depression in a sensitive and timely exploration of suicide.
In a universe, where theatre is life and life is a dream we find two performers, Harley and Pedro. We capture their joys when they are onstage, facing the public with masks, hats and a beautiful smile on their faces. Out of the spotlight however, the mask comes off and they face their struggles. They do whatever they can to help each other through their show night after night.
Running time: 60min.
This performance was developed with support from PAPYRUS - Prevention of young suicide, L.A.S (Life After Suicide), Haringey London and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
OFFSTAGE is our first fully realised production. Previewed at Blue Elephant in the last week of October 2017, originally titled as “The Actualisation Show”.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 at Pleasance JackDome (1st - 27th AUG)
Waterside (Sale, 15th March 2019)
Tristan Bates Theatre (London, 17th-22nd June 2019)
Lichfield Garrick (Lichfield, 12th July 2019)
Directors: Eygló Belafonte & Ramon Ayres
Performers: Ramon Ayres & Tom Benjamin
Sound composition: Alex Paton
Light design: Josephine Tremelling
Set, prop and Costume composition: Rob Evison
Mentor: Marcello Magni
Dramaturg: A.C. Smith
Devised by: Amy McAllister, Alex Paton, Eygló Belafonte, Josephine Tremelling, Ramon Ayres, Rob Evison, Tom Benjamin.
Photographer: Mathew Hodgkin
Video: Larissa Moleti and Pablo Gaiger
Collaborators for research: Professor David Mosse, PAPYRUS & L.A.S.