company, which emerged out of a drama course at the University of Sussex,
was formed in 1998, under the direction of Sylvia Vickers. Previous performances
made in conventional theatre spaces include: a version of Medea (Euripedes)
at ACT Studio, Brighton (July, 1998), a piece based on Phaedre (Racine),
at the Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton.
Since 1999 WIRED THEATRE has been working in non-theatrical spaces in
order to challenge the accepted actor/audience relationship. The primary
aim is to demonstrate that today, theatrical performance cannot always
signify traditional coherence of character or narrative structure. Making
performance in an alternative space - a house, café or garden -
inevitably disrupts familiar images. And within this “unstable media
of exchange” the director and performers are experimenting with
their own responses to the space, aiming to produce diverting images which
might offer novel perspectives, different ways of thinking and seeing.
The juxtaposition between tragedy and comedy is a constant preoccupation
with the director and working towards the extremities of taste and acceptability
frames the devising process.
The performances so far have confronted issues around individuals who
seem to be trapped in roles constructed by others and their attempts to
escape or transform themselves. A struggle for power inevitably dominates
and liberty is not necessarily the hopeful outcome. But all the characters
that people the performances love to sing, dance and play games.
© Wired Theatre 2006