PINOCCHIO DOES NON-DUALITY.
Are Strings Attached? is a darkly comic, fictional autobiography of a chap called Daniel, who calls himself DOG. He's a former graffiti legend, and he's come to your house to paint his signature tag on your living room wall. It turns out that he is also a former tennis professional, and that he may, or may not, have issues with Jiminy Cricket.
The play is a response to the Pinocchio story. Prepare to be delighted and confounded and to have your credulity tested to the max in this thrilling exploration of toxic aspiration, identity, and the Big Question of existence itself.
In short, it's a rollercoaster ride through subjectivity and selfhood, truth and fiction. And - believe it or not - it's funny.
"Simon Lovat will bring a unique theatre" (The Argus)
Fear not, there is no audience participation, and the show runs for 55 minutes without a break.
Requirements: The actor doesn't need much room, but he will need a chair (a dining chair is best) and some space to move around.
Reviews: ***** "The play is performed with minimal props, no stage and without makeup. That needs a class performance. Yet Simon Lovat manages to take us from his childhood home to the girder of a railway bridge with the twist of his head or the gaze of an eye. The acting is physical and astounding. There's no time to blink... It's both seriously fun and unsettling...[the room] feels empty when he leaves. " (M. Aiken, Brighton Source 09/05/2017.) You can read the whole review here:
What the public say:
We don't always work in public venues, and we get a lot of audience reviews. This is what they are saying about Are Strings Attached?:
"The performance was absolutely outstanding" (Tony, Fareham)
"All 11 of us thought the performance was brilliant. Thank you so much. A brilliant evening!" (Brendan, Brighton)
"The performance was spellbinding and illuminating. I found myself moved by the depth of this piece… It seemed timeless, with so much packed in to the 55 minutes running time that it seemed to be more - in a very good way. I suspect that this piece is like an onion. (You'll need to see it to get that reference!) Many layered and well worth seeing several times.” (Jon, Worthing)
"To say a performance is stunning is such a cliche, however Simon Lovat recreating Dog the Artist in my own living room had that effect. A play that walks through Dog's life making it personal and moving. Being in your own home makes it all the more powerful. Highly recommended. " (Ed, London)
"We were unsure what to expect from a one-person play and we were really impressed! We thought Simon Lovat was superb and that the play was so, so good!!" (Holly, Brighton)
"I was lucky enough to host Are Strings Attached? and I can thoroughly recommend it. A play in your home, how cool is that? And on themes that emerge effortlessly from a fully realised character, involving the art of graffiti, the pressure to succeed, growing up and becoming free. Nice!" (Simon T. Brighton)
"The performance of Simon Lovat was incredible" (Julia & Ed, Brighton)
"We really loved it. Everyone was very impressed. Can't wait for the next one! We thought the way he wove the different ideas into the play was very skilful." (Michelle, Brighton)
The actor is happy to stay for a short Q & A and a glass of water after the performance, if desired.