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12 October 2021
Author: Tom Roden & Pete Shenton

New Art Club - Cupid's Revenge

New Art Club's Tom Roden and Pete Shenton tell us about their latest work Cupid's Revenge, which comes to The Place on Thu 14 - Sat 16 Oct 2021.

We hope you are as excited about coming to The Place to see some shows as we are about getting back on tour.   

It has seemed like a lifetime since we made and premiered our new show.   

In all honesty this show also feels like it is a lifetime in the making.   

This will be the 17th show that we have made together since we began our collaboration in 1998.    

It leans on our early years as a dance company as well as our middle years as a comedy double act but is really a performance about love and life and loss.     

It feels like it has really opened up new creative possibilities for us as we move into the next stage of our work together.    

It is full of words and movement and images in some kind of order that seems to work. It is sometimes funny and sometimes moving. Our way of working is to begin with accepting the chaos of life and then digging into something we find until it begins to take shape. This one started out with the myth of Cupid and Psyche and some of that is still in there but it definitely found its own form somewhere in the process. I don’t what to give too much away but we have had some amazing responses from audiences - we knew we were onto something good when in an early preview show a lovely old chap from Hull came up to us after the show and said, ‘it really made me think about my own life’.    

This comment gave us the confidence that what we were doing was worth pursuing. It has been an epic challenge as makers and as performers but it really feels worth it.   

The thing we have been trying to do with this show is to make something that provides space for the people in the audience to reflect on their own relationship with love and loss. To consider their own lives whilst engaging in a wild entertaining and poetic rampage through the concept of love.    

It has been amazing to work on this project with designer Will Holt who has brought a new visual sensibility to our work and with composer Gareth Williams who has produced a score full of absolutely phenomenal pieces of music.   

If you are considering making this your first return to the theatre then thanks for taking that step. It means a lot. We really hope that we can bring you a memorable experience.      

- Tom Roden & Pete Shenton | New Art Club


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