The Lion and The Unicorn (2012)
The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicorn all around the town
Some gave them white bread, and some gave them brown
Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town
Current discontent in politics has sparked riots, rallies, revolutions and yet in all of this the UK remains at a stand point, despite the bleakness of the economy and the tedium of repetitive politics the population for the most point acts in surrender. The Lion and The Unicorn attempts to question political discontent by observing the gate keepers of the United Kingdom and what their roles were born out of.
Two characters lock horns in a battle of wills reflecting the tensions in current and historical politics. The performers fight against their own physical limitations attempting to win an unattainable goal of power, domination, control and the symbolic crown placed at a distance. The sense of struggle grows and diminishes intermittently as the characters flag, gain momentum, stumble, fight and risk it all to be the victor. The characters come close to reaching their goal but at every attempt are foiled by the performances restrictions as they are attached to bungee cords, never quite winning, perpetually struggling.
Performed with: Dale Fearnley
Photography: Word of Warning