The Smell of Envy (a show)

The Smell of Envy Spring 2013 UK Tour

A (lecture) theatre performance for those of you who love the smell of yesterday…

Pigeon Theatre, in a new work that tours the UK this Spring 2013, celebrate and interrogate the workings of the nose and the brain.

The Smell of Envy is a collaboration with Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr Colin Lever at the University of Durham. It is an outcome of the Wellcome Trust funded project Site and Smell and supported by Arts Council England, the University of Leeds and hÅb & Word of Warning.

The show uses a company of older actors and their memories and is part cookery demonstration, part science experiment, part neuroscience lecture (for beginners!) and part smell laboratory. Using a smell-scape of familiar and unfamiliar smells, this is a show about love and death and nostalgia and ageing and desire and loathing and envy.

Pigeon Theatre are a Manchester and Leeds-based contemporary performance company. Their work is experimental and interactive – they use nontraditional spaces and unconventional social arrangements to create shared intimacies between them and their audience. They have been making and touring innovative theatre since 2001.

Praise for The Smell of Envy:

‘Fascinating and fun’ (Culture Vulture)

Praise for Pigeon Theatre’s past shows:

‘Be dazzled, challenged, amused and perhaps even a bit frightened’ (Manchester Evening News)

‘If you didn’t engage with this captivating show, then you can stop daydreaming… you are already dead’ (BBC Online)

‘Seductive, dishevelled and intimidating’ (Live Art Magazine)

Tour dates and venues

Wednesday 6th February 2013, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Wednesday 13th February 2013, Peninsula Arts Centre, Plymouth
Thursday 21st February 2013, Axis Arts Centre, Crewe
Friday 1st March 2013, stage@leeds, Leeds
Friday 8th March, Z Arts, Manchester
Wednesday 13th March 2013, Performing House, York St John
Wednesday 20th March 2013, UCLAN, Preston
Thursday18th April 2013, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge
Wednesday 24th April 2013, Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
Fri 17th May, Wellcome Trust, London


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