Clowning around at B-Floor
Damage Joy will kick off the "Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (Bipam 2019)", which runs from tomorrow until Sunday.
Fun and often hilarious but nevertheless raising serious questions about violence, the one-hour production by B-Floor Theatre (Thailand) will take the audience into a dark circus world where four clowns hurt each other and destroy things for their entertainment.
In this participatory theatre experience, the audience are given flags to wave if they want the action to stop. Performers will only stop when everyone waves their flags at the same time.
The production is directed by Nana Dakin, a core member of B-Floor Theatre who received a master's degree in directing from Columbia University in New York and is the first ever Thai director of a show at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Damage Joy was first staged at Pridi Banomyong Institute in 2011. The 2019 show features Sumontha Suanpholrat, Nuttapol Kummata and Vidura Amranand, each from the original production, with performance artist Dujdao Vadhanapakorn as a new cast member.
Damage Joy will be staged at the Studio, 4th floor of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Pathumwan intersection. There will be six performances in all. Showtimes are tomorrow at 7.30pm and then daily at 7pm until Sunday, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday.
Tickets cost 800 baht (560 baht for students and 640 baht per person for a group of four) and can be purchased from bipam.org.