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Michael Pinchbeck - The End

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Uploaded on 23 Jun 2011

Michael Pinchbeck is an award-winning writer, live artist and performance maker based in Nottingham. Describing his work as an 'exit strategy from the everyday', Pinchbeck uses autobiography as a means to illustrate loss and explore absence and presence and aims to challenge the boundaries of text, performance and installation by reliving memories and revisiting real-life events. A co-founder of the experimental theatre company Metro-Boulot-Dodo, Pinchbeck has been pursuing a career as a solo artist since 2004. He also collaborates with numerous artists and companies as a performer, deviser and dramaturg (the latter with Reckless Sleepers and Hetain Patel) and is co-director of Nottingham's performance platform, Hatch.

The End is an elegantly structured piece of devised theatre that uses the stage direction 'exit pursued by a bear' from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale as the inspiration for an ingenious deconstruction of theatrical practice and ultimately as the starting point for a candid analysis of the 'performer's ego', personal worth and manipulative power. With minimal staging suggesting that the audience is witnessing the action 'in the wings', and limited props (two bear suits,1000 index cards and a blindfold), the show explores the demise of real and imaginary relationships, asks why people perform and how they will know when to stop.

'Beautifully structured post-modernist piece... always entertains and comes within a whisker of reaching your heart, too'
The Guardian

'Elegantly structured, thought-provoking and coolly resonant'
ExeuntMagazine.com

'It's a sweet piece of meta-theatre, a show about a show. But it's also a love song to an art form Pinchbeck believes he will be leaving, a tender goodbye to an audience he feels he can no longer reach'
Whatsonstage.com

www.britishcouncil.org/edinburghshowcase

Image © Kevin Edwards

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