‘I never got used to seeing my mum and dad's smile trapped behind the thick glass window of the departure gate’.
Where did you come from? Where are you going? Inspired by true stories from interviews, Cutting the Cord portrays what “Home” means to us through a Japanese woman’s journey. It is warm, comedic, poignant and realistic. This partly promenade style show integrates unique visual imagery with spoken anecdotes, live music and an intimate, yet comfortable, relationship between the performer and the audience.
Cutting the Cord premiered with a sold out run at the Brighton Festival and Mayfest, Bristol in May 2010and played to further success at Tristan Bates Theatre, London, in February 2011 andEdinburgh Festival in August 2011 at Underbelly (Big Belly).
★★★★ "Cleverly constructed piece…Empathetic and humane, Cutting the Cord is
a cross-continental journey that is immersive, thought-provoking and haunting:
exactly what experimental theatre should be." Ben Judge, Fest Magazine
★★★★ "Playing with the
right edge of performance art, Cutting the Cord had something
rare: a touch of beauty." Tobias Chapple, London
★★★★ "Intriguing and interactive…the dreamlike atmosphere and the
contemplative nature …It's a journey well worth taking." Paul Ewing, Whats On Stage
★★★★ "Beautiful and immensely pleasing to watch…
Full of quirks and surprises and seamlessly constructed, using the full
space of the cavernous venue to great effect." Dave Heslop, Edinburgh
"Anyone who has moved to
a new city or country will instantly recognise the way Kimura feels, although
few of us could express it quite as beautifully as she does." Lauren Paxman, The Stage
alternative theatre without grandeur or pomposity. The audience is invited in
and made comfortable, not confused and challenged by overly ambiguous dialogue
and images. Clever, calm and touching.” Emma Berge, British Theatre
"This is theatre that engages
and touches its audience long after they leave the venue and is just the kind
of thing we should all be encouraging across the city.” Howard Young, The Brighton
Supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England, The Basement, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Foundation, Brighton Festival and Mayfest. Cutting the Cord was supported and researched at BAC, London and at The Basement, Brighton in 2009.