It Is Like It Ought To Be: A Pastoral

It Is Like It Ought To Be: A Pastoral I
  • It Is Like It Ought To Be: A Pastoral I ~
  • It Is Like It Ought To Be: A Pastoral II ~
  • It Is Like It Ought To Be: A Pastoral, Part III ~
  •  ~ Image: Adam Faraday
  • Project: It Is Like It Ought To Be: A Pastoral
  • Artist/Company: Uninvited Guests

“Thrilling and disconcerting… both visceral and cerebral…” Total Theatre

Come join us, share some scrumpy and stay awhile.

Let's found Arcadia in the theatre, a rural idyll amongst the city’s hubbub.

In the guise of some ragtag band, Uninvited Guests invent fakesongs and fakedances for our green and plastic land. They declaim hip Romantic poetry, conjure epic landscapes and attempt a return to some simpler life, a golden age. They give thanks for what we’ve got, and offer prayers to make better please, make better.

After immersing themselves in horror movies for their last show Schlock, Uninvited Guests are looking for some curative retreat. They take refuge in pastoral romance and the search for an impossible utopia.

Creative Team

Devised and performed by

Laura Bradshaw (original role devised by Catherine Dyson), Neil Callaghan, Richard Dufty, Lewis Gibson and Simone Kenyon

Directed by Paul Clarke

Music/Sound design by Lewis Gibson

Lighting Design by Ben Pacey

Produced by Fuel

Commissioned by Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster and Cambridge Junction. A BAC Scratch Commission.

Funded by Arts Council England South West and supported by Dartington College of Arts and Arnolfini's Associate Artists scheme. Produced by Fuel.


Herald Angel Award Winner 2007

Critical Acclaim for It is Like It Ought to Be

“The latest show from Uninvited Guests is absolutely brilliant… This is a clever, engaging and tightly controlled show with a wild wind roaring through it. The climax is a reminder that we can never tame nature, but it can always make a wilderness of us.”  The Guardian ****

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