• New Diorama Theatre, 9-27 February 2016
• From the acclaimed visual theatre experimentalists behind 64 Squares
• Inspired by Film Noir classics including The Big Sleep and Chinatown
• London premiere following previews at The Watermill Theatre
Rhum and Clay – the Lecoq-trained visionaries behind the cinematic and critically lauded 64 Squares – return to New Diorama Theatre this February with another intrepid experiment in cinematic stage production: pulp-comedy-thriller-noir Hardboiled: The Fall of Sam Shadow.
While previous production, 64 Squares – an aesthetically rich and psychologically disruptive comic journey into the seemingly unadaptable writings of Stefan Zweig – invited unwitting parallels with Wes Anderson’s contemporaneous Grand Budapest Hotel, Hardboiled draws on altogether different visual and stylistic influences: the shadowy, sinister, cocksure swagger of ‘70s neo-noir.
…A man with ice where his heart should be. Hurt more times than he’d care to count. A list of enemies longer than a giraffe’s neck…Whisky-soaked, wisecracking Private Investigator Sam Shadow is the most hardboiled of them all and he doesn’t care who knows it.
Then the beautiful Scarlett Crawford sashays into his office and knocks him outta the park.
It seems like the routine case of a missing sister. But there are no ordinary cases in this town. And this is no ordinary dame.
Like a greyhound chasing a fake rabbit Shadow’s investigation sees him bound headlong into an underworld of double crosses, car chases, gangsters and Police Chiefs. This is a case with more twists than a Chinese burn, and who knows what’s around the next corner…
This farcical universe of Gangsters, Private Eyes and Femmes Fatales takes over the streets of New Diorama Theatre from 9-27 February 2016.
You’d better keep your eyes open, kid…