From Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th July, local dance and drama group Persona Collective are back at the Langham for another run of their fantastic site-specific theatre production, The Candidate!

The Candidate

After the resounding success of the group’s last run of shows, the group are performing each night at 8pm, with a special matinee performance on Saturday at 3pm. To view details of all shows, see the Langham events calendar here. Tickets are available here and selling fast – last time was a complete sell-out! To learn more about Persona Collective, click here for their web page, and click here to follow the group on Facebook.

From Persona Collective:

The Candidate is the first and last piece of a perpetual cycle of unfolding events outside of a character’s control.

It is a surreal exploration of the family concept in an austere framing. Characters act as family members to fabricate a false reality that is ‘to be consumed as real’, where absurd circumstances are coupled with dark humour.

Here, the strange pathologies of human behaviour are dissected to question the psychological implications of being part of a family. The characters find themselves falling down a symbolic rabbit hole, slowly losing control of events, and culminating in an intoxicated awakening that is a celebration of human affairs and rituals.

The story is a metaphor for a failed socio-political and financial system in which the role of the family is to prepare themselves to form part of an absurd and competitive system, with no way out. Each scene represents a collage of contemporary life mixed with myth, history and society.

The piece is set in various entertainment areas of an old working men’s club in North London. The absence of windows in the space and the 60’s decoration emphasises the fact that the action takes place deep underground and that the prevailing logic of time, space and atmosphere is questioned.

This is a site-specific theatre piece produced by Persona Collective, where community members and local professional artists have been collaborating for the past few months. The work has been developed through role-play, dance theatre, art installations and live music.