On as part of Calm Down Dear Festival at Camden Peoples Theatre | 24 January 2018 | 9pm
A sci-fi feminist epic inspired by Vaporwave + gaming culture.
I’ll leave a light on for you, pure as sunlight
Guided to the gateway to a digital underworld, CRYSTAL and NIKE must enter a place of ghosts and archival bitrot in a quest to find a cure for the destructive turn their universe has taken.
Constructed in sharp, cinematic chapters and entirely soundtracked with a cyberpunk, nostalgic synth score, PSYCHOPOMP is the typical heroic sci- quest, cut up and redistributed with a female protagonist. The perfor- mance combines art animation, hybrid performance text and movement for an all-female cast. Drawing on sci-fi, classic video games, the poetry of Sappho and interviews with women working in STEM and female/ LGBTQ+ gamers, PSYCHOPOMP dismantles the relationship between women and technology.
Any unsaved data will be lost >> it’s time for a full re-boot.
Presented by Maisie Newman and Fen, an emerging company who explore the crossover between the human and digital.
Maisie Newman is a bristol based director, choreographer and digital artist. Her work combines tight ensemble movement with anarchic and visceral choreography focussing on the female voice, body and the physical language of dissent.
Director / Animator Maisie Newman
Sound designer / Composer Rowan Evans
Producer Rebecca Durbin
Cast Leah Kirby and Mary Robous
Stage Manager Charlie Smalley
“Here is theatre at its most important: revelatory, witty and didactic without ever sermonising”
- A Younger Theatre on Spill
PSYCHOPOMP's development is supported by University of the West of England, The Island Bristol and Using public funding from Arts Council England.