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Huge Sillytoe presents 

 Let’s Create NOT Apply: Oversized Mice Riding Undersized Bikes

Wednesday 14th August 2024

Cafe / Bar open:              11:00

Event Begins:                     20:30

Tickets:                                 Pay What You Feel

Running Time:                   Approx. 60mins

Age Rec:                                18+
Covid-19 Policy: We are no longer operating social distancing, and face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory–our policy is reviewed fortnightly.

A squeaky story of survival and spinach

As part of Let’s Create NOT Apply, Alphabetti Theatre is hosting Huge Sillytoe’s Oversized Mice Riding Undersized Bikes

Exactly how big are those mice? And how small are those bikes? Anyone got a ruler? A tape measure? A good eye? The measurement of a spectacle or a soul is difficult, nay impossible! We cannot know how many particles of star dust make us up. And what would it mean to say 'I am 3789.456789898 star dusts' anyway? Regardless there are some very big mice on some very small bicycles right here right now and they seem to be trying to tell us something about what it means to be alive, to love one another, to escape the laboratories and live free, Free, FREE! Huge Sillytoe, a highly trained large daft toe will guide the audience through an embodied philosophical exploration of what the combined squeaks of the unfed mice and the unoiled bicycle chains might mean. NOTE: this play will feature no actual mice nor bicycles - only super-real / surreal rodents and pedal-vehicles conjured by our hungry minds and, probably, puppetz. There will also be spinach.

 

About the artist:

I, Huge Sillytoe, am a large, daft toe. I am also a socially-engaged transdisciplinary artist based in London and working internationally across performance, installation, sound, masks/puppetry, and relational art. My work investigates the socio-political impacts of unexpected and absurd interventions across different cultural contexts. Interactive and unusual moments of play, and embodied reflection upon the significance of playfulness to the (re)construction of our identities, are central components of my practice. I create participatory performances and install playscapes in both public and institutional spaces often making use of masks, costumes, toys, sound instruments, and interactive sculptures built from found and recycled materials. In this way, I seek to open the pathway to a freer, fairer, and queerer world through artworks that playfully defy normative expectations. Meanwhile, I regularly assist others to trample this trail further via facilitating community programs and workshops where new practices of emancipatory performance are nurtured collectively. I speak fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese, and the supersensible language of my own creation: Toetapoelib. I speak less fluent French and Italian. And I speak even less fluent Russian. I make work in all these languages and more. My artistic manifes-toe can be accessed here: https://hugesillytoe.com/pragmatic-absurdo-anarchist-manifes-toe/

About Let’s Create not Apply:

Let’s Create, Not Apply! is a much-needed platform for artists to perform – in today’s climate the life of a creative is all too often spent filling out applications and pitches instead of creating. Applying and waiting is a way of life for freelancers, and it needs to change!

This is a Festival for artists to CREATE instead of battling through the red tape of applications and funding.  A defiant shout against lack of creative opportunities and support in the arts. An opportunity to be a part of something wonderful and all too rare – a stage supported by community, not bids. This isn’t a march against trusts and funders (please don’t blacklist Alphabetti!) – it’s an open arm call to local talent to support and nurture creatives

Why “Joyful Punk”?

After 12 years at the helm, Alphabetti’s founder and Artistic Director Ali Pritchard is departing. His final season at Alphabetti Theatre, “Joyful Punk”, will begin in August 2024 and run until the end of 2024.

 

Punk symbolizes profound self-expression, boundless creativity, and a courageous defiance of societal norms. Punk has re-emerged as a powerful platform for social activism, embodying the belief that art holds the potential to reshape the world. Punk has evolved into a beacon for positive social and cultural transformation.

 

And why joyful? Well, we could all use a bit of joy in the world right now, and Alphabetti is ready to bring it…

 

So, despite our weariness and disillusionment with the current state of society, we refuse to merely lament. Instead, let's defiantly raise our voices and embark on a mission to instigate positive change – fuelled by joy, laughter, art, and community. This is Ali’s rallying goodbye.

 

How does this event fit into the theme of Joyful Punk?

“I mean, that's who I am! Joyful Punk, oh me oh my! I've dedicated a lot of my life to exploring the possibilities of punk performance to create joy... See my practice-led performance studies PhD thesis for more on that - https://theses.gla.ac.uk/81326/

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