Award-winning international choreographer Luke Murphy returns home to Cork with an explosive tale for our times. In a world of summer blockbusters, busy news feeds and loud voices Villains creates a live graphic novel onstage in an evening of physicality, theatre and animation exploring the myths we create, accept, destroy and forget.
Thunder! Lightning! Oh horror! The Villains are loose and they’re after our very way of life! What’s that? Is it bird? No, it’s our saviour! We’re saved! They’re amazing! All hail the glorious Hero! Wait what did they just say? Really? No! It can’t be! They’re evil! We’re doomed! The greatest blockbuster, bigger than life, epic is here: A tale of what happened on Tuesday or maybe Wednesday.
Inspired by Twitter rants, Chatroom wars, Viral threads, incredulous outrage and outrageous hypocrisy, summer blockbusters, reality TV world leaders, liars, nostalgia for five minutes ago, winning, losing, terrible decisions, protest, protesting protests, protesting protested protests, loud voices and busy news feeds, Villains creates a moving theatrical graphic novel onstage in an night of physicality, theatre, animation and film. In a world of spin where morality is guided by volume, this new production from award-winning choreographer Luke Murphy looks at the myths we create, accept, destroy and forget all within the course of a week.
With a multi screen installation by video artist David Fishel, Villains weaves a storyboard of mysterious characters, conflicted heroes, innocent bystanders and big, big bad guys. With his unique blend of unexpected theatre, explosive dance and rich visual worlds Murphy returns to Cork with a timely investigation of our times in a tempest of movement and a storm of questions.