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Old Vic’s new tricks in sculpture form

PUBLISHED: 13:32 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 17:26 16 August 2010

SIX famous sculptures will form the basis of a new play by one of Britain s most established experimental performance groups.

SIX famous sculptures will form the basis of a new play by one of Britain's most established experimental performance groups.

Forced Entertainment's Drama Queens will be on at the Old Vic, the Cut, Waterloo, on October 12, at 7.30pm.

The Sheffield-based group will collaborate with leading international artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset to a text written by artistic director of the group Tim Etchells.

The 45-minute piece will feature six famous sculptures as its protagonists.

Trapped on the theatre stage will be icons inspired by 20th century art history: Walking Man by Alberto Giacometti (1947), Brillo Box by Andy Warhol (1964), Elegy III by Barbara Hepworth (1966), Four Cubes by Sol Lewitt (1971), Untitled (Granite) by Ulrich Rückriem (1984), and Rabbit by Jeff Koons (1986). As 'personalities' the sculptures assume characteristics from the cultural zeitgeist in which they were produced.

Remotely controlled, the sculptures will perform to the seated audience.

A specially cast group of actors, including Old Vic Artistic Director Kevin Spacey, will voice the sculptures, which will be performed live for the first time. All proceeds will go to The Old Vic Theatre Trust Creative Development Programme, including a special new initiative to bring visual artists and theatre practioners together. As this is a gala event, tickets are a whopping £250 and available from the box office on 0207 7902 7590.

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