A Western – Action Hero
In a bar two performers re-enact scenes from Western films. They use the architecture of the bar space and the audience around them to re-create the familiar iconic scenes that are lodged somewhere in all our memories. The space is continually re-invented and used as another member of the cast and using only a cowboy hat and a few bottles of ketchup the performers engage the audience in an impossible attempt to suggest grandiose landscapes, a cast of thousands and endlessly fading sunsets.
The barman slides a shot of whisky down the bar, the card table gets turned over, the stranger rides into town on his horse. Together with their audience the two performers play out each of these familiar scenes. In their failure to reach the epic scope of the cinematic blockbuster they celebrate the failure of generic heroes, cheap whores and the all American idol.
“Resolutely off-kilter but entirely accessible…..brilliant….immensely clever” Metro
“sharp, witty and poignant…a truly epic piece of theatre…a beautiful pipedream of a show – one that places the audience at its heart. **** “
“We want to make a Western. We have a cowboy hat and some ketchup. We want the scene where our hero walks into the bar and everyone stops talking. We want the scene where the whore begs to be loved. We want to cheat at cards. We want blood and guns.
Everyone will have a moustache. All the bad guys laugh. Dust blows across a deserted street. Music.”
Together with their audience, Action Hero reclaim this chaotic half-arsed Western as our own and celebrate the failure of generic heroes, cheap whores and the all American idol.
Action Hero are Bristol-based artists making live art and performance. They are Arnolfini Associate Artists and members of Residence. www.actionhero.org.uk