Theatre Modo return to the North East later this month with their touring theatre production - SICK which they will perform to audiences in Portsoy, Alford and Fraserburgh on March 24,25 and 26.
SICK had been inspired by the time director Martin Danziger has spent in hospital following a diagnosis of cancer in 2007, and in a professional capacity as a Clowndoctor. The show has been developed in collaboration with NHS and patient groups. Workshops and long-term residencies have given patients of all ages and conditions a chance to feed anecdotes, experiences and individual accounts into the show.
Commenting on the forthcoming production, Director Martin Danziger told the Herald: “SICK is a clown show exploring a patient’s experience of being hospitalized, inspired by personal experience and informed by development with patient groups.
“SICK follows a patient as she negotiates the absurdities of a day in hospital, revealing her wildest imaginings and darkest thoughts as medication, boredom and illness give wings to her flights of fancy.
“Through the eyes of a clown, SICK explores the experience of being hospitalised, exposing the tedious and the ridiculous in the long hours between treatments, ward rounds, meal times and visiting hours. SICK shows the secret life of the patient; the private routines, the imposed rules, the distractions, the daydreams, the delusions and the worries.”
Theatre Modo has been producing compelling and memorable shows across Scotland and Europe since 1995. Creating shows filled with theatrical, musical and physical invention, Theatre Modo has established itself as a stylistically original and inspiring force in Scottish Theatre. Martin continued: “Our shows have toured extensively, not only all over Scotland, but beyond to France, Germany and Italy, winning plaudits and awards on their way. Past shows have included Ubu, Don Quixote, Dido, the Snow Queen and the Last Supper of Dr Faustus.”
Theatre Modo has become well known over the past few years for its large scale community engagement projects. In Aberdeenshire, Theatre Modo produced Macpherson’s Rant in Banff in 2008, The Whitehills Gala Parade, Pandemonium, the Peterhead Pirate Parade in 2009, and the Electric Wizard of Macduff and Fantasmagoria in Fraserburgh in 2010. Martin added: “SICK is the first professionally performed show we have toured to Aberdeenshire for some time but hopefully it brings the same engagement and passion as our other work. We hope that we can attract many of the audience and participants from previous projects to see this.”
Tickets are on sale for the Fraserburgh production to be held in the Dalrymle Arts Centre, starting at 7.30 pm on March 26. Tickets can be obtained from the Dalrymple Hall, Seaforth Street, 01346 518761, Florianna’s Flower Shop, High Street, 01346 515153, and North East Arts Touring Website www.neatshows.org.