Pact with Pointlessness is a show that asks the big questions. A barrage of old time patter and online chatter fuel the slow, slow, quick, quick, slow cycles of coming and going in an absurd piece triggered by life, death and what to do about it all. It is an escapology act of strange logic, a philosophical piece of stupidity driven by an urgent sense of futility.
The seasoned Wendy Houstoun is in defiant form. Treading the boards once more in (more or less) an hour of absurd action, breakneck looping chatter and more than a few laughs. Stand up meets vaudeville eccentricity in this performance of organised chaos.
Pact with Pointlessness is funny and moving in equal measure and follows hot on the heels of Houstoun’s successful 50 Acts, winner of the 2013 TMA award for achievement in dance.
★★★★ The Guardian
“The effect is a kind of punk-Beckett.“ Total Theatre
“It might just be Houstoun’s bravest (piece) to date.” London Dance
“….if Houstoun hadn’t chosen a career in dance theatre then she would have given Victoria Wood and Julie Walters some serious competition.” Dance Tabs
Co-produced by Southbank Centre, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham with Dance4, The Nightingale Theatre Brighton, South East Dance and Dance East, with additional support from Arts Council England.