Cannibalism and corruption sweeps into Ullapool

Delving into the depths of human nature with Last Orders performing in Ullapool later this month.'Photo: Alberto Santos Bellido
Delving into the depths of human nature with Last Orders performing in Ullapool later this month.'Photo: Alberto Santos Bellido

FOLLOWING their successful run at the Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, David Hughes Dance Productions are getting set to perform their latest work – Last Orders – at the Macphail Centre in Ullapool later this month.

The show, which kicks off a ten date autumn tour in association with National Theatre of Scotland, is an enthralling new work of dance theatre inspired by the bloody myth of Sawney Bean, the legendary 16th century Scottish cannibal.

Last Orders takes audiences on a hallucinatory journey down the rabbit-hole, through subterranean caves and derelict nightclubs, to a radically different and unstable world of corrupted innocence, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Al Seed (Conflux), director and choreographer of the production, expands: “Last Orders is a series of collages, each of which consists of a symbolic interpretation of the themes involved in Sawney Bean’s tale.

“Through an evolution of events, including a birth, a death, story telling and the modern game-show, where meaning is felt rather than explained, we have explored the metaphor of cannibalism.

“This is a show about the body and how its needs, sometimes terrible, can overshadow logic and conscience.”

The follow-up to 2009’s hugely successful The Red Room, Last Orders is the second production in a series of original, engaging and immersive works that bring dark themes and the horror genre to the stage; with cinematic techniques and cross-art form collaborations at their heart.

For this production, David Hughes Dance Productions has brought together a diverse international company of performers, seamlessly merging their individual dance styles – contemporary, breakdance and ballet – with dynamic physical theatre to create grotesque and monstrous characters that inhabit a chaotic underworld, swinging between the poles of ecstatic celebration and confrontation of their greatest fears.

Last Orders will perform in the Macphail Centre on Thursday, September 22, 7.30pm