Now here’s a collaboration that should create fireworks. Sue MacLaine and Hannah Ringham work together for the first time on a work in progress in which they both play the fool and in the process consider loyalty and refusal, comedy and violence. MacLaine you will know from the uncompromising and deeply moving Can I Start Again Please? and Ringham made the slippery Free Show (bring money) and has worked with some of the most exciting contemporary theatre-makers including Tim Crouch. The show is part of a run of really intriguing work at CPT this Autumn which culminates with a reprise of Sh!t Theatre’s Singalong Muppet Show in December.
The Untethered Joke is a work-in-progress; the ideas are nascent, combustible, reckless, funny, violent, and the product of a new collaboration between Hannah Ringham and Sue MacLaine who will be onstage together and apart. This is a dirty protest; demanding, cajoling and refusing. A performance that involves hurling autobiographical crumbs, declarations of love, elite conversation, jokes and poems from mountain tops of their own making. The Untethered Joke is a pas-de-deux, a double act, a tete-a-tete, a call to arms and a call to tea. It is about loyalty, cruelty and endeavour. Guidance and advice from Maiko Yamanoto [Theatre Replacement, Vancouver] The Untethered Joke began life at the Action Hero 2019 residency ‘You Want to Be My Wingman’ and is supported by Arts Council England, Camden People’s Theatre and Cambridge Junction. Within the conversation which takes place withinthe show subjects such as depression, suicide, assault and violence may be touched upon.