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Pact with Pointlessness is a new work by acclaimed performer and choreographer Wendy Houstoun in defiant form.


A mix of comedy, spoken word and performance, it offers a frank demonstration of how it feels to be knocked sideways by death, renegotiate and then carry on.


A double act for one, the night twists and turns with crackling wit and ridiculous movement in a kind of “stand up meets vaudeville, old time patter meets online chatter” routine. A night of philosophical stupidity and urgent futility.

Pact with Pointlessness is funny and moving in equal measure and won the Critics Circle National Dance Award 2014 for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern). This follows Houstoun’s successful 50 Acts, winner of the 2013 TMA award for achievement in dance.


Over the years, Wendy’s work has developed a uniquely distinctive style that combines movement with text, and meaning with humour.


Wendy Houstoun is a London based director, choreographer and performance maker who has worked with experimental movement and theatre forms since 1980.

She brings a wealth of experience from her own work and collaborations with artists whose work challenges, enriches and extends the boundaries of dance and theatre, including the late Nigel Charnock, DV8, Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment and filmmaker David Hinton.


Wendy is an artist who experiments with ideas in her work, but keeps her audience very much in mind. While her work challenges preconceptions about movement, she communicates clearly and humorously about our culture.


“The effect is kind of punk-Beckett” – Thomas JM Wilson, Total Theatre


“A bit weird, a bit wise and a bit witty” ***** The Guardian


Friday 3 February, 8pm

University Theatre, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BN

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)