Tiffer Hutchings &
Music and Sound Design
Head of Design and Costume
Lydia Markham &
“The children grabbed him (the father) and put him on the table. And he became the food. They took him apart, dismembered him. Ate him up. And so he was liquidated…the same way he liquidated his children.”
– Louise Bourgeois, The Destruction of The Father (1974)
‘Come To Daddy’ is a live-art mash up of family history, art history and a show about the long, long journey to the here-and-now. This fever-dream journey through the 20th century is inspired by the work of Tadeusz Kantor and other icons that have led us to where we are today. It is a reflection upon all of the moments that have delivered us to this exact point in time. From the first kisses and awkward goodbyes to the self-portraits of Van Gogh and creations of Dali to the first world war and the atom bomb, all of it will be staged and swept away again. It will all be done. It will all be remembered. Space will be made for all of it.
Originally directed by Sammy Metcalfe, artistic director of Sleepwalk Collective, ‘Come To Daddy’ holds many of his companies’ distinctive deadpan, shoe-gaze tropes. This style is collided with aspects of Kantor’s zero theatre, recognisable through its brutal disruption of action and coherency. The final ingredient for this process was the irreverence and risk-taking attitude of thirty or so former students of European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College. The result is a meticulously crafted performance that shifts quickly from subtlety to abandon, from the staging of masterpieces to the sugary gyrations of a pop song. The all-encompassing lighting design of Natalya Fineron coupled with a pulsing wash of sound make for a hypnotic dose of visual poetry.