Narrated by a man with a fake dynamite bomb strapped to his chest Showtime begins with a naive text describing just what a piece of theatre should be. From this amateurish proposition (of scenery, good casting and dress rehearsals) the piece soon decays into a chaos of cardboard pantomime trees, a dog that talks about suicide and a series of insistent questions asked of a dying thug as he lies outside a wendy house. Showtime is a comical piece in which the concerns of adult life – especially death – are played out in a visual language drawn from children’s picture books and pantomimes.
High quality multi-camera performance documentation recorded at the ICA, London, December 1996, 90 mins. approx.
Sinéad O'Donnell is one of Northern Ireland's foremost performance artists, with an international profile through numerous residencies and performances both nationally and internationally. Her work explores identity, borders and barriers...