One of the most happening new venues for art, fringe theatre and performance in London, The Print Room in Notting Hill offers provocative and challenging spectacles and sounds.
Currently showing is Triptych by Opera Erratica: three short operas performed against a rich backdrop of projection and design installation by artist Gavin Turk.
Although unrelated, each piece is unique and touching, beautifully performed with great humour and humanity.
Having been treated to an oblique opening act featuring disrobing erotic nuns with voices like angels, Triptych follows with “The Party”, a hilarious and daringly original piece which plays out fantasy relationships from an English Language Teaching record, which deconstructs a suburban 1950s dinner party !
The final piece tells the strange story of the disappearance of an architectural photographer and combines projections of his photographs paralleled with reference to Hopper’s painting. It is poetic and tragic.
Director-librettist Patrick Eakin Young, sound designer composers Thomas, Christian Mason and Christopher Mayo, with singers Catherine Carter, Lucy Goddard, Callie Swarbrick, Kate Symonds-Joy and Oskar McCarthy seamlessly and skilfully combine opera, sound, physical theatre and dance with oblique storytelling with uncompromising inventiveness.
The Print Room was reinvented just two years ago as an art and performance space by Anders Winter and her small dedicated team. The theatre seats only 80 people with an adjoining exhibition space. Past spectacles include Alice Anderson’s performance art and installations, FLOW a contemporary ballet performed in a pool of water, and other surreal musical repertoires with storytelling.
I have been amazed and moved by the creativity and uniqueness of my experiences there.
Go while you can: the performance is only running for only a few days and (rumour suggests) the building may be sold in the near future.
Blink and you’ll miss it.
On until the 7th June 2014 www.the-print-room.org
Anne Tilby Jones, Trash Factory