Volcano's work is distinctive, excessive and unpredictable. From the company's home in South Wales, it has produced indecorous, politically robust theatre for more than 25 years, and has toured to more than 40 countries from Argentina to Azerbaijan. Known initially for intense physical theatre productions such as L.O.V.E., How to Live and Medea: Sexwar, Volcano's output ranges from radical adaptations of cult and classic texts, through new writing and devised work, to site-specific adventures and sensory experiences. The work is diverse in form and scale, but always relishes risk and values pleasure. The company thrives on collaboration and always seeks to make work in partnership with other distinctive designers, choreographers, film-makers and directors. Recent work includes Alice in Wonderland, A Clockwork Orange and Blinda (A Sensory Adventure in Darkness).
He mostly talks. She mostly dances. An intimate, funny, thought-provoking dialogue between a man, a woman and an audience. 147 Questions is a chamber piece designed to offer an unusual, close-up experience to a small audience.
Text-based, small scale. Studio, black box or unconventional spaces. Max audience 60.
Stripped of its historical and regal trappings, this is a claustrophobic, erotic, grimy two-hander which retains the poetic beauty and repellent violence of the original. The sordid domestic environment evokes the memory of contemporary serial killers Fred and Rosemary West. Originally created in 2000 and directed by Nigel Charnock, Macbeth has been recreated as part of Volcano's twenty-fifth anniversary season.
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Blinda is a sensory adventure for audiences, in a specially-designed pair of contrasting spaces. It is an exchange of vulnerabilities between audience and performers, exploring the boundaries between self and others. Audience members are invited to enter an unknown space, where they will interact with performers. No text.
Includes complete darkness, confined spaces and nudity.
Volcano offers post-show discussions for audiences, and workshops, residencies and masterclasses aimed primarily at professional performers and student performers aged 16 and above. Core expertise includes physical performance techniques, devising methods and using text for performance. Sessions may be based on themes or ideas relevant to the current touring performance, offer generalised performance skills and/or provide bespoke content aimed at the needs of a particular group.
Led by Artistic Director Paul Davies, Volcano offers a range of other opportunities including critical debates, research projects and mentoring. Associate Artist Fern Smith leads the Emergence programme – a platform for ideas about sustainable creative practice, which can take the form of meetings or symposiums, participatory events or artist intervention.
Blinda can be staged with local performers as part of a residency.
"It is rare, as a regular theatre-goer in a western country, to see a taboo aired, broken, stamped on and thrown away in the space of a few lusty seconds."
The Financial Times
"Unfailingly precise and inventive"
The Sunday Times
"A rude assault on the senses"