Dancing plague hits New Diorama
Monday 29 October 2018
Off-West End - Shows
Building on the success of their recent UK tour, The Outbound Project have taken inspiration from the 1518 Dancing Plague to create a manic 60-minute show - due at New Diorama from 17 November.
Image courtesy The Outbound Project
Exactly 500 years since the 'dancing plague' afflicted the town of Strasbourg, award-winning theatre company The Outbound Project present their new show 'M.E.H' at New Diorama Theatre from 17 to 19 November.
If you've not heard of the Dancing Plague, it happened in Strasbourg in 1518 when a woman walked into the street and started to dance.
She was soon joined by over 200 people all unable to stop dancing with the result that many of them danced themselves to death!
Now, The Outbound Project are updating the concept to England in 2018 when a girl walks onto a beach and starts to dance.
Award winning physical / visual theatre company The Outbound Project explore the unexplained phenomenon of MEH (mass epidemic hysteria) in this powerful, visceral new piece of work.
If you're wondering what MEH is, it stands for Mass Epidemic Hysteria which is a spontaneous, en masse development of physical and/or emotional symptoms among a group of people; or a socially contagious frenzy of behaviour in a group as a reaction to an event.
Featuring as part of New Diorama's two-night stand, this will be The Outbound Project's third production at the renowned North London Theatre for emerging theatre companies.
Building on the success of their recent UK tour of 12 Million Volts, The Outbound Project have taken inspiration from the 1518 Dancing Plague to create a manic 60-minute show featuring an original soundtrack by Jimmy Sheals, striking movement scores and script by Liberty Martin.
Set in a quiet seaside town in the UK, M.E.H follows the tale of a small community get to grips with hysteria as one by one they begin to dance uncontrollably.
Following support in the development of the piece by Third Angel, New Diorama, Cornerstone Arts Centre and The Pound Arts Centre, M.E.H will premiere in London this November with just three performances.
Formed in 2016, The Outbound Project are a visually driven theatre company creating new work inspired by the human condition, and utilising physical theatre techniques and ensemble storytelling to tell dynamic and interesting narratives.
Written by Liberty Martin
Devised by the Company
Directed by Chris Yarnell
Music By Jimmy Sheals
Produced by Jordan Turner
Photos by Nick Gilbert
New Diorama Theatre
15-16 Triton Street
London NW1 3BF
17 to 19 November 2018