Nicki Hobday Conquers Space

Nikki Hobday is worried about her onstage identity and what she’s going to achieve with the space she’s been given. Being intensely vague and pacing her words she puts all the questions she wants us to be thinking into our heads. Why is the stage empty? Why are there no props? Why is there no Nikki Hobday? These are all the questions that we genuinely didn’t bother thinking about. It is an open ended show which is meant to reflect the motivations behind theatre and what we come to expect from seeing shows. A plot is avoided and everything is geared to questioning her immediate and long term use of the stage space.There are acts that expose the inner workings of theatre and drag us back into reality. This involves reading a five stage programme on the construction of a show, which is then performed to mock such a setup, implying that she has transcended the basic pretensions of theatre. After this she explores imagery and our memories, wanting to create something onstage that will be remembered specifically beyond a woman talking. This is achieved by putting two coats on microphone stands to create a visual image for us to remember her show by. I have no need to remember a show that was all about self-referencing. It asks questions with the hope that our intrigue to answer them ourselves will make it into a deep performance, but ultimately failing to have any substance or know the answers itself. Limitless answers and reasons can be given to all the hollow questions that were asked and watching the issues simply being raised was tedious. When a show becomes this pretentious it can always claim that it is in the right and the point has simply been missed. The result was that I did not take any interest in the issues because nothing much about the show managed to capture my interest.

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The Blurb

Nicki knows how clever you are. That's why she's made this show for you. Especially. Uber-theatre for the connoisseur; comedy with real meaning. Today Nicki is aiming for the stars and she doesn't expect to miss.

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