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Little White Lies

By Daniel Jamieson

Who was it who said that the truth is rarely pure and never simple? Theatre Alibi takes a barefaced peek at fibbing. To the sounds of 60s girl bands and tricked out with visual kitsch, Little White Lies conjures a world where cash machines pour forth money and politicians beg forgiveness. If you’ve ever told a whopper yourself, this show’s for you.

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Writer: Daniel Jamieson
Director: Nikki Sved
Designer: Dominie Hooper
Lighting Designer: John Collingswood
Cast: Joe Hall, Henry Hawkes & Jordan Whyte

Original production 1996:
Writer: Daniel Jamieson
Director: Nikki Sved
Designer: Dominie Hooper
Choreography: Emma Rice
Cast: Henry Hawkes, Daniel Jamieson, Emma Rice
Prop Makers: Jenny Mellings, Ali Taylor
Stage Manager: Phil Cameron

A fast moving and delightful production..90 minutes of ingenious physical theatre on a scrumptious set... Simply unforgettable
Time Out Critics Choice
Theatre Alibi present four enchanting tales with the utmost theatricality..the innocent charm of Jacques Tati, the narrative craziness of Flann O'Brien
The Independent
A company of enormous, curious inventiveness
The Guardian
24 carat physical theatre–surreal, funny, touching – Alibi’s got it all
Alibi’s style has won plaudits all over the country
The Guardian

Writer's Note

I saw an extraordinary photograph of a simple birth rite that takes place in the forests of Eastern Europe. A woodsman had split a living sapling in two, leaving it joined at top and bottom. The tree was wedged wide open and the woodsman and his wife were passing their young son through the gap. The sense of the photo was one of danger, that the tree might snap shut and nip their son in two.

Our show is about all sorts of moments when people find themselves in the gap between the perceived truth and a distorted version of it. Having stepped into this precariously wedged hole between fact and fiction, they might find it in danger of snapping shut on them. Our stories aren’t cautionary though. A great deal of life surely has to be lived in this dangerous place. When the woodsman and his wife enact their strange baptism they seem to be offering their son life with all the dangers it will inevitably entail for him. To live in the safety of unambiguous truth is as unlikely as it is dull.

Daniel Jamieson