Hugh Hughes (Anglesey)
January 20 – February 5, 8pm (Tuesdays 7:30pm)
Arts Club New Revue Stage
Presented with the Arts Club Theatre Company
No show Sundays
Matinee Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm
Post-Show Talkback Jan 25, led by Veda Hille
Running Time 90m
Tickets from $25
Fully eligible for PuSh Pass access
Created and performed by Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands | Produced by Hoipolloi | Artistic Associates Alex Byrne, Shôn Dale-Jones, Stefanie Müller, Guy Myhill, Jill Norman
A Welsh island makes a break from Britain, and reality, in this inventive adventure. It’s 1982, and the island of Anglesey miraculously tears free, taking the bewildered residents on a journey that reaches as far as the Arctic Circle—but will they ever get home again? Do they even want to go back?
“Charming, surreal, warm-hearted… a piece of genius” – The Scotsman
Following an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe, internationally acclaimed theatre company Hoipolloi welcome you to the wonderful world of Hugh Hughes in Floating, a comic and beautiful tale of the island that floated away. Amid a cornucopia of clutter on stage–newfangled props, costumes, maps, lamps, fishing rods, globes, slide projectors and more lo-fi technology–Hugh and his collaborative partner Sioned Rowlands colourfully reconstruct the island’s fanciful journey across the Atlantic and beyond. This is comedy at its most poignant and triumphant.
“Mesmerising… an extraordinary sight, hilarious yet touching in the human fragility it conveys… Brilliantly effective in its simplicity” – The Guardian
Hugh Hughes is an emerging artist from Wales. In 2004, following a chance encounter with Hoipolloi’s Artistic Director, Shon Dale-Jones, Hugh was invited to create Floating, his first theatre piece. Since then Hugh’s work has toured extensively throughout the UK and internationally. Hugh wants to bring people together to share a story, a laugh, an experience, an idea, and he’s on a mission to reach as many people as possible. hughhughes.me
The Canadian tour of Floating includes stops at Intrepid Theatre (Victoria) and Harbourfront’s World Stage (Toronto).