Murdoch and Carey: The Double Act.
Once again, Grace Murdoch (Cheap Date Dance) fills our tummies with uncontrollable laughter and our heads with intense philosophical thought.
In her latest performance, “Dirty Words”, she explores communication in every form with the other half of the dynamic duo, Seamas Carey (Kneehigh, Wildworks).
Having seen some previous Cheap Date performances, comedy was expected. However, I was overwhelmed by the amount of cackles, screams and belly-laughs coming from members of the audience. If you’re interested in watching a witty and beautiful performance, ‘Dirty Words’ is a must. (The involuntary abdominal workout is an added bonus!)
Although Seamas is primarily a musician, he became a singing, dancing, acting, shape-shifting comedian as he engaged the audience into the ups and downs of his personal life on stage.
As coined by Carey, the performance was an evening of, “tapas” style creativity. Using sound, dance, digital media and theatrical performance, this hilarious duo managed to make the 60 minutes worth every second. Each small pocket of creative genius had an element of surprise, a good dose of hilarity, and a political edge to bite into.
Both Grace and Seamas add their own element to the performance. Grace brings BSL (British Sign Language) knowledge which she used in an inclusive, comedic and insightful way. She also has extensive dance and performance training- this definitely shows on stage as she switches from ‘serious’ contemporary dance to ‘jazzed up’ comedy dancing, and back to ‘serious’ contemporary. Seamas brings his extensive musical talents, captivating theatrical skills and command of the stage to draw in his hysterical crowd. Carey’s remarkable sounds controlled the atmosphere throughout the show. These ranged from serious, intense and thought-provoking pieces, to a higgledy-piggledy mix of sound that can only be described as madness!
The piece revolves around the theme of communication, however dirty or rude, and all of the different methods of communicating. I truly believe that I have been made more aware of how I deliver speech and body language to other people. Much like Grace explains in the performance, I am now aware that I’m louder than I think I am. I am also a terrible listener in more excitable conversations! This creative, collaborative genius does not only make you laugh but also forces you to think about the intricate way that you communicate.
Unsurprisingly, I adored this piece, as it wrapped up with a visual montage dedicated to everybody’s most favourite and hated dirty word; Cunt.
Feature image courtesy of Cheap Date Dance Company’s Instagram page (not my image).