THE DISAPPEARING ACT IS THE SHOW FROM OPEN SKY. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR TOURING FROM LATE SPRING 2019.
FILM FROM R&D WEEK.
The Disappearing Act is about the life of Edie Rose, a fictitious magician’s assistant. On the eve of her sixtieth birthday Edie has finally decided to take on the role of magician herself by hosting a dark, delirious magical cabaret. To tell her ribald tale of a women’s life in showbiz, she conjures two versions of her younger self: the young ingenue at the start of her career and the frazzled frantic middle-aged mum. As the show unfolds each number magically transports the audience back to the critical moments of Edie’s life when irreversible choices were made. As the story coalesces it becomes clear that the magic in Edie’s life is more than just a performance…
Informed by director Claire Coaché’s own juggling of art, career and motherhood, the show is also based on first person interviews with female performers at various stages of their performing career. The show addresses themes of the treatment of women in the industry, sexuality in performance motherhood, the hopefulness of youth, the wisdom of experience, love, loss, identity and how women culturally “disappear” as they age.
The show is performed by three female performers in their twenties, forties and sixties respectively. They utilize visual physical theatre, new writing, song, puppetry, object manipulation and magic tricks. An innovative, interactive set design is provided by Kate Rigby (Punchdrunk) with beautiful, dynamic lighting Aideen Malone (A Monster Calls, Peter Pan).