Him lies somewhere between theatre and visual art. It is a reflection on life, stillness, and the nature of ageing.
An old man sits. The fleeting emotions on his face, filmed and projected large onto a screen beside him.
“I was at the docs today, then the chemist – and realised I’d left my umbrella in one of them. Got them to search everywhere. Then home to find I’d never taken it out… It’s like that these days.”
Spoken words are interwoven with live original music by Sebastiano Dessanay.
Him is being made in collaboration with photographer/videographer Hugo Glendinning, lighting designer Michael Hulls and music consultant Howard Skempton.
Hugo is also filming a documentary about the project and its process, to complement the live work.
Performer: Tim Barlow
Sheila Hill is a writer/theatre-maker and installation-artist. Words are her starting point. She always uses real voices in her work: recording interviews with people and editing their words down to a poetic core. She has also worked as a Guardian journalist, and a music curator founding Tabernacle Folk, a pioneering four-year London festival dedicated to extending and re-thinking traditional music.
Tim Barlow left the army in 1969 to pursue a career in acting. He had much success with a series of three autobiographical one-man shows describing his life as a British soldier, his work as an actor, and losing – then regaining – his hearing, via a cochlear implant. Tim has worked extensively with Complicite. He was one of the regulars in Derek Channel 4 and has recently filmed the 2015 Christmas Special of Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch.
Live art performance for theatre or gallery spaces. Documentary film and portrait series of photographs to complement. Available Autumn 2016 onwards.
Project website: him-theatre.com
7-29 May, 2016 – Brighton Festival