Set and performed in a bar, Publife is a refreshing piece of physical theatre in a sideways look at Britain's greatest national institution, the pub. With guest appearances from local 'extras', five people are caught up in a nightly quest for fun and a dose of self-confidence as they fast forward through their pub routines, revealing their fears and unfulfilled desires.
Commissioned by Bucks Dance, Greenwich Dance, Merseyside Dance Initiative, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Swindon Dance and Yorkshire Dance, with support from Jerwood Space and The Place. Initially created with the support of a Jerwood Choreography Award 2000.
“An ensemble portrait of frisky wit and lively physical danger... deleriously amusing.”
"Publife is full of deft touches and canny observations but, above all, it's great fun and a cracking night out."
Sunday Herald, Scotland
"Defying nearly every convention of dance, theater and just about any other performing art you can think of, Publife is a frenzy of raw comic energy that proves to be as irresistible as it is indescribable... Storming through an evening of darts, rugby, '80s pop songs and a variety of quiz games, Publife is a brawling mess of choreographed pandemonium; anarchistic, exhilarating and very, very funny."
Philadelphia Weekly, USA
"...a group portrait of fristy wit and lively physical danger."
Conceived and directed by
Luca Silvestrini and Bettina Strickler
Devised and performed by
Jean Abreu/Jason Keenan-Smith
Robin Dingemans/Benjamin Dunks
plus two special guests in roles originally created by Martyn and Linda Lewcock
31 January 2002