One man is on a collision course with his future, sprinting to the most important moment of his life. But will he be ready?
Numbed by the ordinary world, an extraordinary worls is upon him. How can a man prepare to meet his first child? Something so beautiful and yet so shocking. What will he feel the moment he sees his child's eyes?
Visually stunning and astoundingly athlectic, barely pausing for breath the show chronicles a man trying to reconnect his feelings and truly live. The Race, the second production by this new and highly creative British company, is a whirl of masterful movement, vivid colour and emotive music.
Directors: Amit Lahav and Al Nedjari
Original performers and devisors: Sachi Kimura, James Flynn, Amit Lahav, Katherine Markee, Al Nedjari
Past Performers: Natalie Ayton
Current Performers: James Flynn, Delphine Gaborit, Amit Lahav, Katherine Markee, Al Nedjari
With thanks to: Luis Santiago, George Lamb, Teo-Wa Vuong, Dave Price, Helen Bagett, Will Gaines, Mishka Henna, Joe Coella, Laura Cubbitt, Sachi Kimura, and Kim Voisey-Youldon for their work on the first phase of the project, and Elisa Laghi for her work on the second phase.
Photography: Sheila Burnett, Neil Hanna, Simon Alexander
Co-commisioned by BAC, Warwick Arts Centre, and South Hill Park Bracknell.
Supported by Komedia Brighton and the London International Mime Festival.
Developed and the National Theatre Studio.
Funded by Arts Council England.
Lighting Designer: Kristina Hjelm
Costume Designer: Ellan Parry
Prop Designer: Torben Schact
Rigging Consultan: Jamie Ogilvie
Rehearsal assistant and stage manager : Liam Jarvis
Stage Manager: Joseph White
Critical Accaim for The Race
"It is good, it is really good indeed, and it is a physical as theatre can possibly be without becoming dance. A bewilderingly inventive young company. Tantalising raw new theatre." Time Out Critics' Choice
"They realise the twin themes of birth or re-birth, and survival with plenty of physical zip. Packed with novel ideas and a bouncy energy." The Times
"wondrous theatre" Metro ****
"The production is a bracing reminder that you don't nee a Broadway budget to suprise the eye and tickle the funny bone with stage craft." New York Times
"Invigorating and infectious dance numbers and comic bits dazzle with verve and precision. The Race is fast and fun; you can't take your eyes of it." Time Out New York
Total Theatre Award Winners 2005