Set in an OTT Jane Austenesque South-American world, this surreal tragicomedy sees lust and sibling love between Vladine and Matias bring TURMOIL to the latter’s marriage with the beautiful Bianca. Vladine has come to live with her brother due to a fatal disease and the mysterious death of her husband and has brought her beloved Nataniel, a blind goat, with her. Bianca’s devotion to her beloved tap-dancing band is tested by his sister’s absurd demands and Matias’ growing attachment to the goat, which soon becomes Bianca’s number one enemy.
TURMOIL seems like a period play, but it is not: the writing mixes melodrama and nineteenth-century literature clichés with contemporary elements that remind us of Lorca, Theatre of Absurd and Surrealism.
Dende Collective created a show, which echoes the fabric of the text: the costumes look period but were made out of contemporary garments. The music played live flirts with Flamenco. Expect an energetic and stylised production performed by an international cast featuring flamenco, melodrama acting, acrobatics, samba, belly dance and, obviously, a tap-dancing goat
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- Katie Walsh, A Younger Theatre
An ambitious play
- Lucy Basaba, TheatreFullStop
The staging is bold and imaginative
- Calum McIntosh, A Younger Theatre