Monday, February 25, 2013

Looking for Kool? It's right here.

Looking For Kool is a new pop-up theatre show happening in Manchester from 5th-24th March 2013. Written and performed By Rani Moorthy and directed by Alan Lane, the Manchester performance follows a sell-out premiere at the Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival 2012, sited in the underground spaces in The Royal Festival Hall. Rasa Productions, who are behind the show, are now bringing Looking For Kool to a Manchester high rise building. The story goes like this:

Mrs U has watched her beloved home and ancestral land taken over by hotels and time-share apartments for foreigners. She has survived the Sri Lankan civil war and its aftermath on her wits and on kool, the comfort stew that binds her community. Defiantly she occupies one of these spaces and creates “The Coconut Grove”, part party, part family album, part secret ritual, all makeshift, all imagination. Enter her world, drink her kool and through her and her family, witness the vagaries of life and war.

Event details are as follows:
  • Venue: 4 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BN, UK
  • Meeting Point: Starbucks
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Running Time: 1 hr
  • Suitable for audiences 12 years and above
  • Event capacity: 40 people per performance
  • Looking for Kool is an immersive theatre experience in an unconventional theatre venue. While there are points in which some members of the audience can sit, most of the show requires you to stand and walk as the action moves from one point to another. The producers advise you to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Praise and quotes:

Rarely have I seen such talent or such intimate contact with the pulse of this nation. 
The Independent on Curry Tales

****An Incomparable storyteller. 
The Guardian on Shades of Brown

Life, death, survival, pain, mourning, love; Looking for Kool evoked these emotions most effectively through its imaginative form, not by fancy staging or theatrical trimmings. This was immersive, experiential theatre. 
The Gecko UK on Looking for Kool.

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