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Date of show: 19-23 Feb 2019 (5 shows)
Venue: Esplanade Mall (The ExciseMan Whisky Bar)
Ticket Price: $58
How can one survive and love in a broken world? How do we get along with ourselves?
Inspired by British playwright Sarah Kane’s last work 4.48 Psychosis, Young Artist Award recipient Liu Xiaoyi presents FOUR FOUR EIGHT, a brand-new work that leads you into a world, a social construct, where every audience member becomes a participant in a space of gathering and camaraderie; anchored in a place of urban loneliness – the bar.
Taking place in and around an actual bar, the perceptions of individual audience members are challenged the moment when one enters the performance environment. Taking in the sights and sounds, each person becomes aware of the presence of self, others, the space, and various activities in the venue. The experience is an individual realisation, and is up to you to create and dictate.
4.48 Psychosis is most affecting when it is allowed to hold an audience in its spell. The author’s last moments yearning for human connection are heartbreaking. Liu captures these moments well, but if he can better limit the distractions, FOUR FOUR EIGHT has the potential for magic.
– Edward Eng, Centre42 Reviewer