Gargantua, a brand new ‘vaudeville of the imagination’ from the beautifully scrambled brains of UK polymath Ergo Phizmiz.
A multi-sensory feast and genuinely unique patchwork of artistic disciplines, Gargantua plunders history and culture and places them in a boiling pot ready for explosion. A devilish mix of storytelling, performance, animation, puppetry, moving image and collage all garlanded by an original music score that’s equal parts contemporary electronic, medieval and 1930’s British dance band.
If ‘F is for Fake’ then ‘E’ could be for ‘Ergo‘. This hallucinatory odyssey through time and culture tells three simultaneous stories: one a detective story on the disappearance of the giant King Gargantua, another of an adventure by French writer Francois Rabelais across Europe, the third a strange, elliptical board game that draws these threads together, in a story told by the more than reliable Gargantuan narrator Orson Welles…As one portal gives you access to insider knowledge, a trapdoor opens and leaves you wonderfully displaced, and so it goes. Grey matter is constantly electrified and eyes lavished by Terry Gilliam-esque architectural constructs, political sensibilities are enlightened by meta-narratives, absurd social commentary echoes Thomas Pynchon or Felix Kubin and limbs and laughing muscles loosen as if being tackled by a crack tag-wrestling team of Andy Kaufman and Phil Kay. If you haven’t visited before, welcome to the world of Ergo Phizmiz.
More info on Site Festival: here
“I would be almost concerned if you had witnessed anything like it before. He is a burst of imagination, colour and noise, which has in the past left me sitting jaw collapsed on the floor, speechless as to how someone can so beautifully map out such madness” – Tom Ravenscroft, The New Statesman on The Third Policeman
“We can’t decide whether he’s the new Viv Stanshall, a young Eno, a British Zappa, or a replacement for Frank Sidebottom” – The Guardian
“A truly English original who we should cherish deeply” – Sound Projector
“Mad, but mesmerising” – The Times on The Third Policeman
“One of the most inventive composers around…a musical equivalent to Chris Morris” – BBC Radio 3
More info on Ergo Phizmiz: here
Advanced tickets can be bought online or in person from: Trading Post, 26 Kendrick Street. Stroud GL5 1AQ