Previewed 14 April 2015, Opened 22 April 2015, Closed 22 May 2015 at the Trafalgar Studio 1 in London
The 1927 Theatre Company present their show Golem in London for a strictly limited five week run - following an acclaimed Christmas season at the Young Vic Theatre in December 2014.
With stunningly original animation, entrancing music and live performance, Golem explores one of the great questions of the modern world - do we control technology, or does it control us?
The cast features Will Close and Charlotte Dubery along with Lillian Henley, Rose Robinson and Shamira Turner. Written and directed by Suzanne Andrade with film, animation and design by Paul Barritt.
When this production was originally seen at the Young Vic Theatre in December 2014, Ian Shuttleworth in the Financial Times highlighted that the show is "a bleak, delightful, antique, topical treat in every way." Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard wrote that it combines "animation, live music and deliciously low-fi performance to ceate something that is unlike anything you will have experienced before... with its theme of machine's increasing dictactorship over man, is a quiet but astringent satire on our lonely, technology-obsessed age. The aesthetic of the piece is singular, winning and endlessly inventive." Paul Taylor in the Independent noted that "you won't find funnier or more dazzlingly synchronised interaction between live performance and a crazily satiric animated world... Paul Barritt's animations are mischievously referential tour de force." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph said: "1927 was the year of Fritz Lang’s dystopian masterpiece Metropolis, shades of which can be detected here. I don’t think it’s festive hyperbole to claim that at times this feels every bit as ground-breaking an achievement, or for that matter that it’s suitable for anyone of an age capable of being enslaved by a gadget." Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail described it as being "a short, quirky piece of semi-theatre which points out that computers have taken over our lives... There is plenty of humour and the writing is markedly intelligent, with rhyming verse and deft tweaks of middle-class ‘progressive’ urban life." Dominic Maxwell in the Times commented that "this funny, unsettling and unforgettable satire from the theatre company 1927 is a Frankenstein for the 21st century... The ordinary and the fantastical, the live and the animated are immaculately synced. The attention to detail is adorable throughout." Michael Billington in the Guardian thought that "Paul Barritt’s animation is a source of constant delight... The show is undeniably clever. It just never seems sure what precisely it is satirising."
"I have seen the future, and it is Golem. This cautionary tale warns what will happen if we allow technology to take over. Or has it already happened?... This theatrically thrilling if existentially chilling play starts off in a bygone world that still had libraries and where grandmothers knitted jumpers... What is special about the show, which Andrade also directs, is the way in which it mingles the live performance of actor-musicians with projected animation to spectacular visual and auditory effect. Actors synchronise their actions and interact with the animated Golem projected behind them with mesmerising dexterity. And yet, for all its hightech brio, the show is determinedly retro... Lillian Henley's score, which deserves a show of its own, is brilliantly jazzy." The Mail on Sunday
"The most original production in London is the 1927 company's Golem, which transports the Jewish folkloric figure, often regarded as the original robot, into the 21st century. Although there is some irony in using the resources of modern technology to highlight its dangers, this is a brilliantly conceived and executed blend of expressionist acting, silent-film music and animated graphics that recalls both Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Monty Python." The Sunday Express
"The splendidly left-field 1927 company bring their mix of sly animation, vintage soundtrack and poker-faced performance to a fable about the way technology slides from handy tool to tyranny. Robert buys a golem - a lumbering clay figure - that quickly reprogrammes his home and workplace, leisure and desires. Sound familiar, iAddicts? As a parable about technology creep, it's heavy-handed, but as a show, it's beguiling. The sights and sounds are so Weimar that modern references are startling but the stylish anarchism is highly entertaining." The Sunday Times
Golem in London at the Trafalgar Studios previewed from 14 April 2015, opened on 22 April 2015 and closed on 22 May 2015.