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Ovalhouse and Emma Adams

Freakoid

Somewhere out there in the future a woman called Emma and a sentient vacuum cleaner called Hooverdroid have fallen in love. This future-queer love affair brings joy, heartache, hard-drive overload and internment… Against all the odds a biobot-hoover-baby is born. 
It's an absolute scandal.

  • Tue 19 Feb – Sat 9 Mar, 8:00pm

Previews 19 & 20 February

Venue: Upstairs

Please note that, regrettably, the upstairs theatre is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.

4 Stars from FemaleArts.com 'Expect one-liner gags and skilfully characterised comedic rhetoric. Look out for a twist at the end. I can recommend this highly.' Luisa Guerreiro.

Planet London Says: '“Freakoid” is one of the most inventive pieces of theatre I have seen in a very long time and richly deserves to be seen by a far wider audience.' Laura Alexander.

What's Peen Seen Says: 'Emma Adams is a fine comic actress, composer, musician and singer in the great British tradition of Beryl Reid, Grenfell herself, and perhaps, more pertinently, Hermione Gingold. Like them, she has a warm and winning stage presence...' Chris O'Shaughnessy.

 

Written and performed by Emma Adams. Directed by Sarah Applewhite.

Somewhere out there in the future a woman called Emma and a sentient vacuum cleaner called Hooverdroid have fallen in love. This future-queer love affair brings joy, heartache, hard-drive overload and internment… Against all the odds a biobot-hoover-baby is born.
It's an absolute scandal. Thank goodness all other evidence of Emma and Hooverdroid's love has been destroyed. Or has it?
One woman.
Music.
Filthy language.
Musings on eugenics, personhood, memory and the beauty of otherness.
Analogue nerdism.
Time Travel.
And a plea for love and understanding between all in our LGBT-QWERTY world.
 

“Be prepared for utter silliness, but silliness with intelligence and the power to move emotionally.”
Laura Ennor, The List (Forgotten Things)

 

Free Post-Show Discussion
Friday 1 Mar
What is the Future for Queer Theatre?
Chris Goode, David Sheppeard and Ovalhouse associate artist Nick Field join Ovalhouse's director of theatre, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord and Freakoid's creatives Emma Adams and Sarah Applewhite for a post-show debate.

Admission free.

  • Tue 19 Feb, 8:00pm
  • Wed 20 Feb, 8:00pm
  • Thu 21 Feb, 8:00pm
  • Fri 22 Feb, 8:00pm
  • Sat 23 Feb, 8:00pm
  • Tue 26 Feb, 8:00pm
  • Wed 27 Feb, 8:00pm
  • Thu 28 Feb, 8:00pm
  • Fri 1 Mar, 8:00pm
  • Sat 2 Mar, 8:00pm
  • Tue 5 Mar, 8:00pm
  • Wed 6 Mar, 8:00pm
  • Thu 7 Mar, 8:00pm
  • Fri 8 Mar, 8:00pm
  • Sat 9 Mar, 8:00pm

Additional information

AN OVALHOUSE COMMISSION

Supported by Theatre in the Mill

 

Freakoid was first developed as a co-commission by Ovalhouse with Pink Fringe, the Nightingale and Marlborough Theatres as a part of Mauve New World.

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