Willy & Wally
Willy and Wally. A Woman and a Man in two conical rubbish tips up to their necks. The structures are portable aluminium frames on wheels with a plastic ‘rubbish’ surround. Their faces are lit by small lights and their voices are amplified. Willy and Wally are drowning in mountains of plastic, resigned to the fact that they will soon be swallowed entirely. As well as talking a load of rubbish, they perform amusing, poignant monologues and cutting, edgy dialogue. The image of Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days is acknowledged as an appropriation and extension of that brilliant work encapsulating our existential plight with the addition of weighty ethical arguments around climate change. Willy and Wally‘s main beef is climate change denial: blame shifting, techno-optimism, hedonistic fatalism, Gaia theory, ‘climate change fatigue’… It’s a fabulous act for the street with the possibility of having a ‘Speaker’s Corner’ feel as well as a clownish vaudevillian turn.
From a world where Alice in Wonderland meets The Shining, performance troupe Cocoloco presents raucous, hilarious and ever so slightly bent theatre. This is cabaret performance and street theatre with a twist. Cocoloco’s work has been described as “the high art of madness to perfection”, as they delve into David Lynch’s notebook and present Salvador Dali-esque, truly bizarre street theatre. Cocoloco brings anarchic, eye-catching, quirky and wildly funny peripatetic performance to theatre festivals throughout the world!
Funding, commissioning and partner credits
Commissioned by Without Walls and Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts.
Image credit: Willy & Wally, Cocoloco at The Big Feast 2022 © Jenn Harper