Available for Touring 

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A collaboration between the Grand Guignolers of Los Angeles and Longshadr.

HOT AND COLD SHOWERS: Three Grand Guignol Shorts in the classic style. They were traditionally performed together in one evening with the same actors. First, is a psychological thriller. Second, is a comic brutal farce with tiny puppets. Third is splatter.

 

GRAND
 GUIGNOL The
 theatre 
of 
terror 
and 
laughter

Once 
the
 most
 popular
 entertainment
 in
 Europe, 
Grand
 Guignol 
is
 an
 exciting
 theatre 
form 
that
 begat
 current
 thriller 
and 
horror
 films.
 Rarely
 seen, this
 “theatre
 of 
laughter
 and
 terror”
 explores 
our fascination 
with
 the 
macabre,
 playing
 with
 the
 violation 
of
 society’s
 taboos.
Grand
 Guignol
 is
 wildly
 physical, 
intensely
 psychological,
and 
filled 
with 
gruesome
 special
 effects (often 
closely
 held
 secrets)
 that
 so
 terrified 
the
 Grand
 Guignol
 audiences 
that
 a
 medical
 doctor
 was
 on
 hand
 for
 every
 performance
 to treat 
those
 who
 passed
 out
 from
 shock!

 

Both Debbie McMahon, artistic director of the Grand Guignolers and Michael Fields, director of Longshadr have a long history of working with this unique theatre form, both in Europe and the US. Fields got the best review he has ever received for the Grand Guignol he directed in Stockholm Sweden. They said that he had “kicked the ass of Swedish society”. He is not sure how, but he’ll take it.

 

 

IRISH GHOST STORIES

A new collaboration in development between the Grand Guignolers of

Los Angeles and Longshadr.

 

It is a Spooky Ceilidh. Storytelling of the most evocative traditional Irish Ghost stories accompanied by classic Irish music. Perfect to play in bars and non-traditional spaces.

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RADIOMAN (www.radiomantheplay.org)

This play sold out its initial run at Dell’Arte. Written by Jim McManus it is based on the life experience of Eric Hollenback and his time in the A Shau Valley in 1968 during the Vietnam war as a radioman (they have a 6 second life expectancy in a fire fight). When Eric came home he put his experience down in a book called UNCLE SAM’S TOUR GUIDE TO SOUTHEAST ASIA.

 

RADIOMAN blends these stories through to current military conflicts across race, gender, rank and file. The stories from the jungles of Vietnam, the battlefields of Iraq and Afganistan, Blue Ox Historic Village and the triumphant construction of the historic recreation of Lincolns Hearse by a team of vets (created from a single old photo) all have love as a common theme. This is the love that allows the survivors and their families to make their journeys toward healing and redemption.