“If language is innate, if it’s what makes us human … Then it can’t simply die, can it? Something … Someone … has to kill it. Don’t they?”
A celebration of the absurd lengths we will go to to make ourselves heard, to prove our love and scare ourselves stiff.
A film critic and a novelist embark on an affair with disturbing echoes of their latest research: his on the violent oeuvre of a Japanese film-maker, hers into true tales of ‘wild children’. Werewolves, ravens and fallen angles all come under friendly fire in this visceral clash of love story and horror flick.
Blue on Blue is a playful and disturbing combination of fact and fiction, veering widely in style as it embraces Hitchcock, Japanese hora, live music and silly dance. It is an attempt at some kind of acknowledgement of the extraordinary life of ‘Genie’ – a so-called ‘feral’ child, who came to the attention of Los Angeles’ welfare authorities in 1970.
Originally written for an international cast of six (from the UK, Australia, Japan, Greece and the Netherlands), the play explores the limitations of language in expressing what it is to be human.
Contains scenes of a sexual nature.
But I’ve gotta use words when I talk to you.
T S Eliot, Sweeney Agonistes
People mock the thing they most fear, as the reinvention of the word ‘sad’ as a contemptuous term of abuse shows.
Michael Newton, Savage Girls and Wild Boys
She became known as the ‘Great Abbreviator’, who managed to get her way and make her thoughts and wishes known without hardly saying anything … By the time this work is read, she may have developed far beyond what is described here. That is my hope – that I will not be able to keep up with her, that she will have the last word.”
Susan Curtis, Genie – A Psycholinguistic Study of a Modern-Day “Wild Child”
‘Blue on blue’ is the term the military give to ‘friendly fire’: the inadvertent targeting of one’s own side.
The Dog Man / Glimmerveen, Teunkie van der Sluijs
The Girl’s Body (a wild child), Rebecca Loudonsack
The Raven (a femme fatale), Stamatoula Theologou
Buckley (a critic), Nicholas Goode
Stover (a novelist), Belinda Hoare
Matsuda (a film maker), Etsuko Shirasaka
Director, Nesta Jones
Designer, Nigel Hook
Lighting Designer, Ian Woolley
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