Stringing along with losers: Both puppets and men

The Guardian newspaper in their column Today’s Picks called it “Mad, bad and beautiful in equal measure”. Now, the British Council in partnership with Emirates Airlines presents ‘Low Life’, a puppetry-cabaret by the UK theatre company Blind Summit here in Colombo.

Very loosely based on Charles Bukowski’s alcohol-fuelled short stories, Low Life is a series of evocative vignettes involving a selection of puppets ranging from the almost life-sized to the table-top tiny that interact with their four, fully visible human manipulators. Low Life is a blend of story, music and puppetry: a beautiful, funny, poetic, moving gin-soaked cabaret of deadbeats and losers in a world where puppetry meets Tom Waits.

Blind Summit subverts the medium of puppetry to make cutting-edge, puppet-led theatre. The four- member group quickly takes the audience to the heart of each story, flipping the mood from gentle nostalgia to frantic farce with manipulative grace.

Performances will be on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27 at the British School auditorium in Colombo and on Sunday, March 29 in Kandy at the Engineering Faculty auditorium – University of Peradeniya.

The Colombo shows are at 7.30 p.m. and the Kandy performance at 6 p.m. Tickets priced at - Rs. 800, 600, 400 and 250 (balcony) for the Colombo shows and Rs. 350 and 150 (students) for the Kandy show, will be on sale at the British Council offices in Colombo and Kandy from Monday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday – Friday.

Blind Summit will take a 3-hour workshop on their methods of performing Bunraku Puppetry on Friday, March 27 in Colombo and on Sunday, March 29 in Kandy. Participants will learn to channel their acting skills into an object or puppet to bring it alive and to work closely with two other puppeteers using Blind Summit’s unique improvisational performance technique.

The workshop is ideal for actors wanting to extend their skills and is limited to 18 people per workshop, aged 16+, of all levels of experience and ability. Prior registration is essential. Contact Lakmaal 4521 542 or

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