About A Winter’s Tale
The world is changing. We exist in a world where we often ask – What is the World?
How should humankind and society be shaped. In this era, as the eras before it,
of rapid cultural change: the certainties of yesterday are no longer certain today.
How can we be certain of our role in the future?
How must we ‘adapt’ to remain palatable, to remain relevant. How are we tested? And when we are will we swing back, elastic?
The action revolves around a travelling show that has begun to endure hard times,
due to a sudden discovery of conscience on the part of the public.
The pressure of normality becomes more intimate, insidious and tyrannical:
the commodification of conformity, the ordinariness industry, which pervades our own society.
The question really then is, is strangeness, otherness?
It’s very much a play about the world we live in today, I think it’s also about our obsession
with perfection and beauty. That is a political subject. The play celebrates difference
and extraordinariness, and challenges our need to pigeon hole people. It looks at
gender identity, ways of seeing, choices, looking at what it means to be ‘normal’,
social mores, but most of all it looks at Selfhood.
What constitutes one’s individuality? And what is the cost of losing it.