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This Is Not a Wedding

This Is Not a Wedding
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8 Oct 2019 7:30pm

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School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Your invitation to the non wedding event of the year in Leeds. Post-intellectual-pseudo-spiritual-feminist-comedy-dance-theatre for today from young, award-winning up and coming theatre company Gracefool Collective.

Following their Edinburgh and UK tour success with the international award winning five star smash hit This Really is Too Much, Gracefool Collective invite you to the non-wedding event of the year.

Expect to laugh, cry and shimmy along to the classics in this radical and apocalyptic reimagining of our most recognisable ceremonies. Marvel as four defiant brides attempt to maintain their dignity, please everyone and no one as they boldly wade through a minefield of tradition, conformity and expectation.

This Is Not A Wedding sees the four Gracefool’s use their signature concoction of anarchic, wildly entertaining dance theatre as they attempt to come to terms with coming of age in a high pressure, low tolerance, success driven society.

’A brilliantly observed pastiche… hilarious’ Richard Horsman, Culture Vulture


The performers - Kate Cox, Sofia Edstrand, Rachel Fullegar and Rebecca Holmberg - have created a radical, funny, unpredictable, stridently feminist and apocalyptic reimagining of some of our most recognisable ceremonies, inviting you to question the rigidity of life’s milestones.

Laugh out loud funny with a serious undertone about life and existence, the feisty and stylish quartet’s acts of anarchy include a perfunctorily sexy version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D and an apocalyptic karaoke sermon featuring Edith Piaf. They roll down the aisle in a ball of brides, perform a robotic march to Talking Head’s Road to Nowhere and make existential speeches questioning the meaning of life.

Gracefool Collective was created in 2013 by four young female theatre makers. Their post-intellectual-pseudo-spiritual-feminist-comedy-dance-theatre focuses on the absurdities of modern existence. It aims to provoke, delight, and defy convention through irreverent physicality, sharp writing and arresting characters. Their work is created, choreographed, devised, written and performed collaboratively and tackles serious issues while never taking itself too seriously. Their last show This Really is Too Much won the Stockholm Fringe Festival GRAND PRIX, the Swedish Festival’s top award.

The choreography is slick, the punchlines dark and the laughs constant, superbly written and fantastically performed’ ThreeWeeks ★★★★★(on This Really is Too Much)

‘This Is Not A Wedding is for anyone interested in laughing, crying, singing, dancing, coming of age, coming together or coming apart at the seams.' explained Rachel. 'It's made for the audience to have a really good time’ said Sofia, ‘but to cry a little too’ added Rebecca. ‘It’s not a wedding, but it is a celebration, and everyone is invited’ concluded Kate.

‘Comic verve and strong material skillfully performed’ The Stage (on This Really is Too Much)

See a short promotional video here https://vimeo.com/348828359

Image Info: This Is Not A Wedding Gracefool Collective Photo Drazen Priganica

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