“The new IOU theatre show is a little bit special, wonderfully poignant piece about seeing ourselves clearly from a distance.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“A profound, perception-altering, poetic experience.” The Stage
Throughout 2017 and 2018, IOU's innovative show, Rear View, toured to festivals and venues across the UK.
Rear View is a location-inspired, immersive production about how we see our own lives and the streets in which we live.
There are two versions of the show featuring either Jemima Foxtrot or Cecilia Knapp, both writers, poets and performers where they play a 65-year-old woman who looks back on her younger self.
Beginning with a life-drawing class Rear View is participatory, where reflections, predictions and observations blur the line between reality and fiction.
The main character is the life-drawing model who comes alive to tell audiences about her life in their town. The show opens up further when the model leads audiences out of the class onto IOU’s specially adapted bus where they put on headphones and are driven around the streets – always with a rear view. The main character appears in different locations around the town that have meaning for her older and younger self with stories that gradually acquire meaning for audiences as the narrative unfolds.
“Rear View is an example of British street theatre at both its most ambitious and idiosyncratic. It combines the strengths of text with immersive spectacle, in this instance the spectacle of familiar streets with the spectacle of our own lives. Rear View may only be for an audience of 40 people at a time, but there is something as epic and universal about its scope as in a large-scale piece of work by Royal de Luxe.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Watch the Rear View trailer below:
Rear View toured the UK in 2017-2018:
Rear View was funded by Arts Council England. Co-commissioned and presented by Brighton Festival, Creative Scene and Batley Festival, Festival of Thrift, Gravity Fields Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, LeftCoast, Blackpool, Fleetwood Festival of Transport featuring SpareParts, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Out There Festival, The Piece Hall and Stockton International Riverside Festival. Supported by Dean Clough, Without Walls, Community Foundation for Calderdale, First Group, Squire Patton Boggs and SSP-UK.