Fri 15- Sat 16 May
In Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols ‘Drag fabulist’ Dickie Beau conjures the spirits of celebrated Hollywood icons, leading you on a bewitching adventure as he channels the ghosts of his childhood idols.
Dickie secured exclusive access to audiotapes of Marilyn Monroe’s final interview conducted by journalist Richard Meryman. Published in LIFE magazine just two days before her death, Blackouts includes material never before heard in the public domain and sees Dickie shape-shift through a shadowy soundscape of lost souls in a sensational trip to the subconscious underworld of his future self; bringing to life these audio artefacts.
The show marks a significant development for Dickie’s trademark process of dissecting, then re-membering (literally, putting back together and embodying), found sound. The digital script has been written entirely using this and incorporates much original source material, including the spellbinding Judy Speaks tapes – Judy Garland alone with a Dictaphone, making notes for a memoir never to be written. The resulting piece is a study of icons in exile from society and themselves, and the haunting impressions they’ve left behind.
Exploiting bravura lighting and projection effects, the results are funny, compelling and deeply moving, with an uncanny quality that stems from Beau’s white-face mask of make-up, the emotional power of the words he selects and the technical precision of his lip synching” – Time Out
Dickie Beau is the closest this country has to a genuine medium, an auteur of the airwaves, who can put flesh onto recorded sound in a manner both gripping and disturbing. – This is Cabaret
Dickie Beau draws on performance traditions including clowning, theatre, vaudeville, dance and mime. He merges the sensibility of contemporary culture with queer twists and informed echoes of the past, realising an exquisite interplay of digital content. Dickie is a pioneer of playback performance, emerging from the drag tradition of lip-synching, influencing the practice of a whole new generation of performance-makers.
Photo Credit Darrell Berry