Cartoon de Salvo celebrate 15 yrs with two new shows

Cartoon de Salvo , best known for two different but interconnected styles of theatre: devised plays, and long-form improvisation, celebrate 15 years in theatre with two new shows - Made Up at Soho Theatre and The Irish Giant at Southwark Playhouse

Cartoon de Salvo is director/performer Alex Murdoch and devisor/performer Brian Logan.

Made Up, at the Soho Theatre Upstairs, in Soho, central London, from 4 to 21 April 2012. An entirely improvised show, created afresh at every performance, to a live music score from the Brighton band, The Adventurists. Drawing on long-form improvisation techniques learned by the company in the United States. At each performance, the company improvises into being a brand new play with songs, to which The Adventurists improvise a simultaneous live score. It might be comedy, it might be tragedy, but it’s all discovered on the night, with the audience, moment by moment.

The Irish Giant, based on the story of Charles Byrne, at The Vault, at the Southwark Playhouse, in south London, from 23 May to 9 June 2012. Cartoon de Salvo’s new devised show - their first to be based on a true story - is set in the 1780s against the backdrop of the Enlightenment, when science and faith found themselves on a collision course. Georgian London's biggest star, an eight-foot tall Irishman whose body is coveted by visionary anatomist John Hunter, a man obsessed with life, death and abnormal bodies. Plunging its bloody hands into history, The Irish Giant explores the ethics of who owns our bodies, who should - and what life, if any, awaits us after death?

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