Ursula Martinez (UK)

Free Admission

January 31 – February 2

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Free Admission performance wall salute

“[A] full-frontal statement and demonstration of honesty, vulnerability and power.”

—Time Out

Uncouth, uncensored and… undressed? Ursula Martinez gets personal, political and philosophical in this soul-baring solo performance. Call it a monologue with a meta twist: though it’s honest and unsparing, Free Admission comes with a commentary on its own limits, and on the politics of spectacle. As Martinez holds forth on the paradoxes of life, the absurdity of contemporary living and her own intimate feelings, she builds a wall between herself and the audience—a brick wall, to be exact.

“[F]unny, tongue-in-cheek, heartfelt and emotional.” 

The Guardian

Piece by piece, Martinez erects this barrier even as her show gets more and more personal; the relationship between the visual and the verbal becomes complicated in fascinating ways. What happens when the wall is complete? Let’s leave room for some surprises… Free Admission is a funny, foul-mouthed send-up of digital-age self-promotion. The humour is biting but ultimately forgiving, even celebratory. Martinez offers that rarest of things: satire without misanthropy.

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When

January 31
February 1
February 2
Post-Show Talkback: Feb 1
60 mins, no intermission

8:30PM
8:30PM
4PM

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Single tickets $39
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Low Vision Friendly Introduction Available More Info

ASL-Interpretation on Feb 2 More Info

Relaxed Performance: Feb 1 More Info

Credits

WRITER, PERFORMER Ursula Martinez DIRECTOR Mark Whitelaw PRODUCTION MANAGER Anya Takvar LIGHTING DESIGNER Christopher Copland

CO-COMMISSIONED BY Southbank Centre, Fierce Festival FUNDED BY Arts Council England

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