Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl
Barricaded behind the doors of civilization's last office, two coworkers file endlessly in the face of a rapidly decaying infrastructure. Charlotte Ford and Geoff Sobelle rearrange the food chain in Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl, an apocalyptic clown play that combines taxidermy and cutting edge AV equipment, circa 1978. Through the broken lens of an outdated dime-store camera, the homo sapien sees a proud smiling close-up of itself, surrounded by dead animals on an exhausted planet.
Originally created in a 7,000 square foot abandoned Rite Aid drugstore in Philadelphia, Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl, a mostly wordless, absurdist tale of human extinction takes place in the corporate headquarters of “Convenience Foods.” Through the course of the play, the entire space is taken over by natural growth and taxidermied animals. The entire set transforms as bears, birds and bucks break down the human barricades…
Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl debuted in a site-specific location at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in 2008, where it became an instant hit. Produced by the Barrow Street Theatre (NYC) in Edinburgh 2010, the show earned a Fringe First Award and met with critical acclaim. In January, 2011, the show appeared at the Barbican Theatre in London, produced by the London International Mime Festival.
Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. Support for the development of this project has been made possible in part through the sponsorship of The Field, with funding from the Wyncote Foundation, Rainpan 43 and Swarthmore College.
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival - 2008
Edinburgh Fringe Festival - 2010
Barbican Center (London International Mime Festival) - 2011
Festival Quartier d’Ete (Paris) - 2011
Created/Performed by Geoff Sobelle & Charlotte Ford
Set Design: Phantom Limb (Erik Sanko & Jessica Grindstaff)
Sound Design: Nick Kourtides
Light Design: James Clotfelter
Animation Design: Steven Dufala
Production Stage Manager: Rachel Moffat
Edinburgh Fringe First Award - 2010