Accident? Murder? Or Death by Misadventure?
Backward Glance, an award- winning production from multi story theatre company, is at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter from Tuesday 24th – Sat 28th January at 7.30pm each evening.
Who – if any one – is to blame for the untimely death of a well-known writer, an iconic female public figure? The celebrity death – cause uncertain – is the starting point for a thrillingly theatrical investigation. The audience are witness to the grieving husband’s conflicting versions of what happened - a man who also provides a strangely far-fetched account of where he disappeared to immediately after his wife’s death.
Three women each have reasons for insisting the husband explains himself: a journalist smells a scandal, an investigator is determined to prove foul play and a mourning mother looks for somewhere to lay the blame. But the husband is determined that what happened behind closed doors is nobody’s business but his own.
All involved have a vested interest in a particular image of the dead writer. Whose version of her can we believe? Backward Glance demands we look and then look again at notions of myth and memory, love and loss and the shifting relationships between men and women.
Backward Glance weaves its story with bold diction, striking video imagery and tender physicality. The production has already played at theatre Festivals in Brighton, Barnstaple and Prague where it won the prestigious Creativity Award in 2009.
Now re–worked and updated in the light of a world that has changed, Backward Glance re-joins the repertoire of a company with impeccable small-scale theatre credentials.
Gill Nathanson and Bill Buffery created multi story in 2000 to develop stories of the world as they find it! Their work keeps them on a constant tour of the UK along with recent trips to South America, Canada, Norway , Portugal, the Czech Republic and Finland.
Last year’s Five Star production of Josh’s Monsters – also seen at The Bike Shed Theatre – is still in their repertoire and will continue to tour during 2012 alongside Backward Glance.
multi story “illuminate their chronicles with intelligence and theatricality. And they are marvellous actors.” Edmonton Sun