Wendy Houstoun - Pact with Pointlessness

QUAD Youth Review (Collective review) 27/03/2015

The last time Youth Review went to see Wendy Houston at Deda, it was for her excellent one woman show 50 Acts and so, when we found out she was back to perform her new piece Pact with Pointlessness, we thought we’d check it out.

Pact with Pointlessness takes place over the space of about an hour, in which the audience is subjected to a range of emotions from laugh out loud funny, to heartbreakingly sombre. These emotional shifts happen so quickly that you never see it coming and this adds to the strange relationship that happens between audience and performer during the show. Essentially, you travel through the increasingly strange scenarios and landscapes that Wendy creates using nothing more than a chair, a bucket, some projections and the excellently crafted score that, at times becomes a character in its own right.     

This isn’t to say that Wendy makes the audience do all the work. At times serene and placid, Wendy can burst into action at the flick of a switch, not only physically, but with a nervous verbal energy that is as funny as it is idiosyncratic.

So overall this is daring, silly, profound and original stuff, which effortlessly mixes a range of disciplines to explore ideas and communicate it many messages. Wendy took part in a Q&A after the performance and she is as funny and down to earth as her work suggests. Well worth checking out if you ever get the chance.

Youth Review scores this a huge 4.5 out of 5!!  

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QUAD’s Youth Review is a group of 16-25 year olds who are passionate about film and culture. To join or find out more by calling 01332 285425 or email youthreview@derbyquad.co.uk

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