Greg Wohead

Comeback Special

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Tue 10 May, 20:00

Advisory age: 14+

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Jam sessions, patter with a Southern drawl, big dance numbers, and a bit of sweat: this is a solo re-enactment of Elvis Presley's 1968 Comeback Special.

It's an experiment in time drag; wearing another time as drag and dragging another time into the present. What happens if the Comeback comes back? Like Chinese whispers or two mirrors facing each other or repeating a word so much it loses its meaning.
 
Greg welcomes Elvis fans, theatre fans and anyone who thinks this re-enactment might be fun (he certainly does).
 
Greg Wohead is a London-based writer, performer and live artist originally from Texas. He makes theatre shows, one-to-one performances and audio pieces. He has shown and developed work in the UK and internationally with Battersea Arts Centre, Contact, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Forest Fringe, MC Theater (Amsterdam), Bios (Athens), MAKE (Ireland), The Orchard Project (New York) and The Yard in London, where he's an Artistic Associate.
 
Co-commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, Theatre in the Mill and South Street Arts Centre. A Jerwood Charitable Foundation/Bristol Old Vic Ferment Commission. 
 
Developed at MAKE, Bios, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre and the New Wolsey Theatre. Initially supported through a 2014 Dance and the Homemade Commission by Chisenhale Dance Space. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Running Time: 75 minutes (no interval)
 

 

Ticket information

Tickets £12, £10.50

Comeback Special

Reviews

  • **** Although Presley is the ghostly heart of it, it’s neither an act of homage nor a simple nostalgia trip…By blurring the line between
    performers and their public, as well as the past and the present, Wohead creates a special bond.

    Donald Hutera, The Times
  • He catches the swagger, the sex appeal, the smile. His attention is exacting – so concentrated and precise – and the process of
    transforming is transfixing: both electric and ghoulish. There's the air of a séance: a comeback special.

    Matt Trueman, Whatsonstage
  • Drained of the bright, synthetic colour of 1960s fashion, Wohead’s version is a shadow or skeleton of the original event.
    Recreated in monochrome, this is a black-and-white negative of the 1968 Comeback Special. An echo. A ghost.

    Catherine Love, Exeunt Magazine

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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