Media Release: Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Daniel Kitson returns to Sydney Opera House with the poignant and poetic 66a Church Road
November 24 to December 23
“A gorgeously written and consummately performed piece of storytelling…Kitson captivates…his sentences sing.” Scotland on Sunday
Two years ago, Daniel Kitson, expert storyteller and stand-up comedian, brought us a wonderful elegy on the C-90 compilation tape.
Now, in 66a Church Road, he turns to the break-up of his longest relationship: that with his old Crystal Palace home where he lived for six years.
Subtitled A Lament, Made Of Memories And Kept In Suitcases, it has Kitson surrounded by an array of seemingly unremarkable leather cases as if he has been thrown out onto the street.
Described by The Independent as “poignant and poetic”, Kitson tells the true story of his flat, which he fell in love with but felt he had to leave when his repeated attempts to buy the place from his cultural thug of a landlord finally failed.
Interspersing a rich, largely wry monologue about falling for the place and the emotional importance of home with pre-recorded audio tracks which recount specific memories of events in the property, Kitson explores how our dealings with the property market bring us into contact with our cash-based civilisation at its most crass, greedy, reductive and soul-destroying.
However, at its heart, it's about the relationship between a good man in search of a kindly and fulfilling life, and a society that often seems to have lost all sense of beauty, humanity, craftsmanship, quality and love.
Daniel Kitson is one of the most unique theatrical voices and acclaimed stand-up comics of his generation. With his brilliant writing Kitson's whimsical storytelling theatre is attracting an entirely new audience for his work.
Born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, Kitson began performing comedy at the age of 16. The son of academics he moved to London in 1995, taking a drama course at Roehampton Institute whilst doing open-mike spots in clubs. At the age of 23, Kitson was nominated for the 2001 Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival for his show Love, Innocence and the Word Cock, eventually winning it in 2002 for the show Something.
He performed his first story show called A Made Up Story at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. This was followed by Stories for the Wobbly-hearted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2005, which went on to be performed at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival where it won a Fringe First Award and then toured to New York.
Alongside his story shows, Kitson still performs a stand-up show every year at Edinburgh and elsewhere. He also created story shows for Regent's Park Open Air Theatre with musician Gavin Osborn.
“Every minute is filled with absolute delight….exceptionally entertaining” The Stage
Previews: 24 & 25 November
Season: 26 November – 13 December
Tickets: $30 - $54
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com