Evasive answers for the incurably curious...
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Image credit: Chelsey Cliff
Creator Performer Pip Hambly
Composer Kid Carpet
Sound design Chris Prosho
Additional Dramaturgy Cath Johnson/ Simon Day
Additional Design Emma Robinson
Images and mentoring Alex Parsonage
Lighting design Will Leighton
Funded by Arts Council England. Supported to develop by Camden Peoples Theatre, Bristol Ferment, Somerset Take Arts, Pound Arts and the Invisible Circus.
Jack fell down. Broke his crown. And Jill went tumbling after. Meanwhile, Kinkens, our host, ponders the meaning of life, deep in the radio station of Jill's mind. Wherein a story of unanswerable questions and a dance with depression unfolds. Worth to note....
[kinkens: Old Scots for evasive answers to questions of overly curious children].
Performances to date:
October 2017 Camden Peoples Theatre, London
July 2018 Latitude Festival
July 2018 Bridgwater Arts Centre
August 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
September 2018 Findhorn Bay Festival
February 2019 The Pound, Corsham
February 2019 Salisbury Playhouse, TheatreFest West
Camden People's Theatre/ Redbrick Glastonbury
Works in progress showings
"Kinkens began with a desire to explore the meaning of life. Something that most people probably consider at some point during their time on earth – when death shows up, when new life appears, when questions about justice appear, when big change happens that we weren’t prepared for, those type of occasions, probably. And since all the world religions have done it, I thought I'd try and make a show about it..."
"Experimental, yet accomplished..." - A Younger Theatre
London/ Berlin/ Brexit
April 2016 - February 2017
In depth research into online presence/ vlogging & social media.
Camden People's Theatre
January - March 2016
What have you ever ASKED or WONDERED about THE MEANING OF LIFE?
An Ancient Japanese Parable
A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger.
He ran. Coming to the edge of a precipice, he took hold of the roots of a vine and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down and saw, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one black and one white, little by little began to knaw at the vine.
The man saw a strawberry nearby. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted!
Above: Clips from early stage work in progress
Right: Images from workshop on Gilgamesh with year 3 at local primary school