Cart Macabre is a nightmare fairground ride through a dreamlike landscape. It’s a restless exploration of isolation and disorientation, an act of faith on the part of the audience. In total darkness, 32 people are shepherded into eight wooden carts and moved through a succession of theatrical environments. The carts – their smell, their sounds, the sensation of their movement – become an inseparable part of a multi-sensory experience. Throughout this journey, a narrative begins to unfold, revealed to the audience through the architecture of the performance space – peepholes, shutters and sliding doors. Images appear out of blackness, reminiscent of the sea, faded glories, death, decay and the purgatory of waiting and wondering.
“’CART MACABRE’ IS UNIQUE – LIKE BEING A HUMAN PIECE SHAKEN AROUND A GIANT KALEIDOSCOPE”
“WE ARE TOSSED ON A CREAKING SEA, HAUNTED BY A FRAGILE HEART, MOVED BY DISTANT SINGING …. LIVING STRUCTURES’ INSTALLATION-CUM-DRAMA RESONATES ACCURATELY WITH DARK JUNGIAN DREAMS, UNTIL EVEN ITS RICKETY MAKESHIFT QUALITY ADDS TO THE SENSE OF VULNERABILITY.”