Edinburgh Preview: Our Man in Havana at Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance Two)

Our Man in Havana
Our Man in Havana

Havana, Cuba! A Cold War world of suspicion, suspense and surreal silliness. Amidst the sultry climes of Havana our heroes twirl, twitch and tango away from enemy agents, MI6 and the truth. Jim Wormold, a run-of-the-mill vacuum cleaner salesman turned accidental spy, resorts to fabricating ludicrous military reports in order to save his business and satisfy his decadent daughter, beginning a hilarious and improbable rise to the top of the British Secret Service.

By popular demand, Spies Like Us return for six shows only with their award-winning, sell-out 2017 hit, ‘Our Man in Havana’; a fast-paced physical farce which will leave you gasping for breath and an ice-cold daiquiri.

Spies Like Us is an ensemble physical theatre company comprised of seven Young Pleasance graduates as part of the Pleasance Futures initiative. The company focuses on devised visual storytelling which puts movement at the forefront of the narrative. Their award-winning debut production Our Man in Havana ingeniously dissects the piercingly relevant themes of misinformation and corruption using only five actors and a vacuum cleaner and enjoyed sell-out runs in both London and Edinburgh.

Co-Artistic Director Hamish Lloyd Barnes comments “We spent a few days doing R&D in Easter 2017 basically figuring out how many weird and wonderful things we could make out of the vacuum cleaner. We began to surprise ourselves; fashioning a dog, a bar and Big Ben to name just a few. We also made it into a shower and towel rail at one point but that didn’t quite make it into the show… We are always trying to find ways to surprise our audiences and create an element of magic within our work. The use of only a vacuum cleaner as a prop meant we were constantly trying to think of inventive means to portray certain locations or activities in ways that an audience would least expect, and we hope this comes across.”

21st Aug 2018 – 27th Aug 2018 (not 23rd) at 11:00


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