By combining the genres of horror and romance, Do Not Come Gentle is a solo, physical theatre piece that embarks on the sometimes fulfilling yet oftentimes frightening relationship between the Performer and the Performance. Taking cue from the book, Theatre and Ghosts: Materiality, Performance and Modernity (Luckhurst, M. & Morin, E. [eds]), this new solo piece acknowledges the performer's body as a haunted site itself, and the theatre/performance as the ultimate seance of all seances primarily because it is deemed to be the safest, the most welcoming, the most agreeable, and the most diplomatic form of contact and contract between the living and the non-living, the host and the ghost, and the material and the elusive.
And yet, in order to ensure such safe and secured environment between these two polarising beings, both must be willing to submerge into total and absolute violence.
The piece's first iteration was premiered on 18 November 2017, at the High Fidelity Lab Festival (headed by Dr. PA Skantze and Matthew Fink) at Faraday House, Syracuse University, London.
Co-director: Blonski Cruz