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Stage Editorial

gracefool19.jpg Bridal sweet!

Gracefool Collective’s ‘This Is Not A Wedding’ is the kind of post-intellectual-pseudo-spiritual-feminist-comedy-dance theatre that we can really get behind. (And behind seems the operative word in this pic…)

The Gracefool Collective achieved a string of five-star reviews for their last piece ‘This Really Is Too Much’ and judging by the notices for ‘This Is Not A Wedding’ it looks like they’ve repeated the trick. In a laugh out loud performance, but with a serious undertone, the talented quartet’s acts of anarchy take in a perfunctorily sexy version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D as well as an apocalyptic karaoke sermon featuring Edith Piaf. As they roll down the aisle in a ball of brides, or perform a robotic march to Talking Heads’ ‘Road to Nowhere’, or make existential speeches about the meaning of life, you will soon come to realise that you’ve never been to a non-wedding quite like it.

This Is Not A Wedding: Wed 4 & Thurs 5 September, ARC, Stockton, 7pm, pay what you decide, arconline.co.uk; Wed 11 & Thurs 12 September, Gala Theatre, Durham, 7.30pm, £10/£8; Fri 13 & Sat 14 September, Northern Stage, Newcastle, 7.45pm, from £10, northernstage.co.uk