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Les Antliaclastes

Jacksons Lane

Wed 11 - Sun 15 Jan
Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm
UK Premiere

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60 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 12+
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Sat 14 Jan

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A cast of taxidermied animals in Elizabethan attire makes a puppet contribution to the perennial Shakespeare debate.

If given one book on a desert island, on a space shuttle, or within a time capsule, William Shakespeare is frequently the one confirmed as the voice of our civilization.

Freely adapted from Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain, Here Lies Shakespeare is a comic tragedy comprising prologue, three short satirical stories, and an epilogue, based on themes surrounding the continually raging Shakespeare authorship debate.

Four hundred and one years since the poet’s death, Patrick Sims’ France-based puppetry company, makes its own unique contribution to this thorny issue. The setting is a hole dug deep inside the earth. It is the site of a great archaeological excavation, a suspicious burial and sandbox full of toys.

With an aesthetic he describes as a mix of Catholic mass and Muppet Show, Patrick’s work has featured in several previous editions of LIMF, at the ICA and Barbican Pit. He has worked with America’s renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre, and was previously artistic director of Buchinger’s Boot Marionettes.

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"You keep rubbing your eyes because you can't quite believe what you are seeing. They play with perspective brilliantly and manipulate objects with such assurance that it is hard to know where the human ends and the puppet begins”

The Guardian on Armature of the Absolute 2009

Les Antliaclastes


Patrick Sims: Direction, design, puppets, performer
Josephine Biereye: Masks, costumes, puppets
Richard Penny: Design, puppets, performer
Puppets and masks: Josephine Biereye and Patrick Sims
Camille Lamy: Costumes
Oriol Vilodomiu & Karinne Dumont: Sound creation, design
Nicolas Hubert: Design, performer
Jesse Philip Watson: Design, performer
Raùl Berrueco: Video creation
Olivier Francfort & Sophie Barraud: Lighting creation
Sophie Barraud: Stage management

With: Patrick Sims, Richard Penny, Nicolas Hubert, Jesse Philip Watson
Production : les Antliaclastes
Co-production : MarionNEttes - Festival international de Neuchâtel,
Centre Culturel Yves Furet - La Souterraine and Le K Samka

This visit to London is supported by
Institut français