My Son & Heir is an anarchic celebration of the everyday heroism of parenthood, set amongst a never-ending mess of plastic, flashing-beeping, bubble-blowing chaos.
Search Party are parents, they have a son born in the same year as ‘Baby Cambridge’, and that’s where the similarities end. My Son & Heir confronts the spectacle of the ‘New Royals’ and their strategic attempts to appear just like us. In a playful examination of the relentlessness of raising children, and the guilt-ridden one-upmanship of mainstream baby culture, Search Party consider what sort of man their son and heir will become.
This new studio performance is part of Search Party’s Growing Old With You series, a life-long performance project exploring their changing perspective of age, as they grow old together.
Search Party return to Mayfest, following 2011’s acclaimed Mayfest/Theatre Bristol commission, Save Me.
A Pulse, Mayfest, Sprint and Night Watch co-commission.
Development supported by the Showrooms Projects, Bristol (UK), made with support from the University of Chichester, (UK). Search Party are associate artists of The Point, Eastleigh (UK).
Photo credit: Aaron Reeves
Search Party was established in 2005, by artists Peter Phillips and Jodie Hawkes. They are committed to making immediate, hopeful performances that re-negotiate the relationship between artist and audience, creating temporary communities and inviting spectators to become co-collaborators in the live event. Search Party is an Associate Artist of ‘the point Eastleigh’.