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James and Gemma are getting ready for a fight. It is the press conference, the cameras are rolling and an autocue scrolls. As the pair’s insults and self-aggrandising become more and more extreme the conversation becomes a linguistic version of the fight and then of life itself.

Action Hero is the collaboration between Bristol-based artists James Stenhouse and Gemma Paintin who have been working together since 2005. This durational performance is being presented as part of Fierce Festival and to coincide with The World Turned Upside Down.

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