The Devil, Chess; A Burlesque!
In the first big foray into the performance world, FoulPlay under the direction of Jack Stigner staged a radical burlesque performance centred on the devil and the medium of Chess.
This was not a cabaret style sequence of acts, but a protracted game of chess performed by four male Knights and four female Bishops, accompanied in game by the King-in-pawns-clothing and the black queen-become-devil. No mere titillation the show was a dark and disturbing tour de force educating and confounding the audience, confronting them with scenes of both sexual indulgence and sexual violence, brutal rape, orgies and seeming chaos.
It was from this point that the first seeds of what would become the FoulPlay Method began to sprout.
The cast included: Jack Stigner, Ulysses Black, Annie Brooks, Sarah X. Delmonte, Han Nicholls and Astral Delamare, who would go onto perform in subsequent FoulPlay Productions.
The show ran at the Pressure Point during the Brighton Fringe 2007 and then onto sell out shows and five star reviews at the Zoo Southside during the Edinburgh Festival.
Ulysses Black performed and provided the digital/printed design materials for this production.
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