Following a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival 2014, award-winning FellSwoop Theatre return to the Ustinov Studio with Ablutions – a dark, modern drama, adapted from the novel by Man Booker shortlisted author, Patrick deWitt (The Sisters Brothers). A grimly funny tale from the sodden depths of the Los Angeles underworld, Ablutions blends a live soundtrack with detailed mime and deWitt’s heart wrenching humour. The author himself has described FellSwoop and their adaptation as “an imaginative and thoughtful group of artists who have worked wonders”.
Picture yourself as a bar-tender, sipping top-shelf whiskey and watching your customers descend into nightly oblivion. Your heart is broken by the world around you and, leaving the whiskey aside, you hatch a devious, unthinkable plan of escape…
★★★★ “Sexy, intriguing, intelligent, confident” Venue
“A beautifully sleazy tale of personal decay and domestic despair” The Skinny
“Possessed of a carousel of characters and noise that scores a deep impression through its intelligent stagecraft and relentless despair” A Younger Theatre
Based in Bristol, FellSwoop works as a collaborative ensemble – sharing ideas and shaping material through performance to deliver a distinctive blend of music and drama. An associate company of Bristol Old Vic Ferment, FellSwoop has received much critical acclaim in the last four years, and has previously won the Methuen Drama Emerging Artists award (Belleville Rendez- vous) and the Critics’ Choice Award at Ignite Festival last year. Belleville Rendez-vous performed to sell-out audiences at the Ustinov Studio in 2012, andAblutions was presented at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe at the prestigious Assembly Festival to numerous sell-out audiences and five-star reviews.
ABLUTIONS is at the Ustinov Studio on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th February. Tickets are on sale now from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov