A reckless, reflective, live thinking-through of how and why we construct narrative. “Imagine a bullfight without the bull: it would be a set of aesthetic manoeuvres, pretty twirls and pirouettes...
OUR CARNAL HEARTS
This fairy comes round your house.
You, she says, are in luck.
Ask for anything you want. Anything in the world and I’ll give it to you. But whatever you ask for, your neighbor gets the same thing, but double.
Great. You say. Fine.
Cut out one of my eyes.
Our Carnal Hearts is a celebration of envy, a joyous call for everyone we’ve ever wanted to be and everything we’ve ever wanted to own. A place to whoop at our own fragility and delight against our better nature. A toast to our competitive spirits and a rumbling dance for the ugly gutter-tramping parts of our souls.
Born from the suspect parentage of an ideological rally, a drunken sing-song and a horrible but seductive dream, this show continues Rachel’s interrogation of envy, success, and song .
With original music composed and arranged by Louise Mothersole.
Both joyful and delightfully painful. Moved me to celebrate what is terribly human with song and revelry. – Ari Barbanell, Theatre Producer, American Repertory Theatre
A show of wit and verve that -aptly- hides a dark heart. – Louise Stephens, Royal Court Theatre, UK
Our Carnal Hearts is a gorgeous, gleeful rummage through our darkest urges. Funny, sinister and intimate, it is part capitalist satire and part emotional vivisection. – Jonathan Wakeham, Screenwriter.
Developed with the support of Arts Council England, South East Dance in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Trust, Orchard Project (NY), CPT, Cambridge Junction, Ovalhouse, American Repertory Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.