Broken Air Putting the Art into Dying

Broken Air Putting the Art into Dying: solo theatre performance inspired by Cornish artist Peter Lanyon at Barnstaple Fringfest

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The life and death of Cornish artist Peter Lanyon is the inspiration for Paul Attmere’s solo show, Broken Air Putting the Art into Dying, which is at Barnstaple’s Fringe Theatrefest.

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Presented by Third Knock Theatre, the full and proper title of the piece is: Broken Air Putting the Art into Dying: Solo Theatre Told with Humour, Playfulness and Surprisingly Few Props.

The show calls into Barnstaple following a successful run at Stroud Theatre Festival and a winter tour of the Baltic States.

After a gliding accident near Dunkeswell airfield in Devon Peter Lanyon sustained a minor injury to his back that put him in hospital. After three days he is ready to leave and return to his life and work when a blood clot travels to his brain and kills him at he age of 46.

One man’s encounter with death stretched into 45 minutes of dynamic, imaginative, slightly absurd physical theatre this performance will leave you breathless, sad, joyful and perhaps a little dizzy.

Performer Paul trained in mime and physical theatre and has worked with various companies throughout Europe including renowned theatre director Eugenio Barba of Odin Teatret, Denmark.

Broken Air was directed by Erika Useviciute and written and performed by Paul Attmere. This is his first solo performance.

Paul met Erika at Goldsmiths University in London studying for an MA in Performance Making. They went on to build a straw house, create a theatre company, have a child and now make and perform theatre between the UK and Lithuania.

Broken Air is part of Barnstaple’s Fringe Theatrefest at St. Annes Arts Centre on Friday 24th 5.30pm, Saturday 25th 8pm, Sunday 26th 1pm.


(from a press release)