Family Hold Back
A highly visual, darkly comic and very well-mannered performance by Helen Paris airing the perversities of politeness of the English dinner table where no one mentions politics and everyone knows that Trotterscliffe is pronounced Trosley. Beneath the damask, codes of Englishness are exposed as weapons of mass destruction as Paris stains, soils and sullies the preserves and codes of the white middle-class, breaking down cultural barriers and mechanisms of polite imprisonment from the inside.
A visual metaphor exposing levels, tiers, hierarchies and centres of control. Paris is spot on. Total Theatre magazine
Supported by British Council China as part of a Curious residency in Shanghai.
Date and time
9 January 2010
This is now a past event.
Ke Center for Contemporary Arts