Deciphering. 7 September – 2 October 2021. New Diorama Theatre

24 Aug

Deciphering. 7 September – 2 October 2021. New Diorama Theatre

The New Diorama Theatre has programmed a production this autumn in collaboration with Indonesian artist collective Bombo.
Deciphering‘ is a world premiere from the innovative, science-led theatre company curious directive, created in collaboration with Indonesian artist collective Bombo, who were granted first access to a cave network in Sulawesi containing the oldest graphic communication ever found.

About ‘Deciphering’:
c.37,500 years ago on Sulawesi, Indonesia, someone made a series of markings on the wall of a cave.
Elise is eight years old. She’s in primary school, making shapes on a piece of paper. In 35 years, Elise will travel to Sulawesi to decipher a set of geometric symbols, before floods destroy them forever. Her discoveries will shed new light on our collective need to communicate.
Ground-breaking theatre company curious directive invite you on an inter-continental journey to the origins of human creativity.
Blending expansive storytelling, innovative technology and international collaboration, Deciphering takes audiences inside the real cave network containing the oldest graphic communication ever found. A unique show, conceived with Indonesian artist collective Bombo, granted world-first access to this extraordinary site.

Previous reviews for curious directive’s productions include:
‘curious directive are theatre pioneers’ Daily Telegraph
‘Subtle and skilful’★★★★ Time Out on Gastronomic
‘Exhilarating, intricate and epic’★★★★ The Scotsman on Pioneer


Performances run 07 September – 02 October (Tuesday – Saturday 19:30, Saturday matinees 15:00) at the New Diorama Theatre, Regent’s Place, NW1 3BF (minutes from Euston, Great Portland Street, and Warren Street Underground stations).

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