“Telling it how it is even when you don’t quite know how it was.”
A striped back performance incorporating story telling, dance theatre and Afro Brazilian percussion, set in the intimacy of a bed-sit. The show transports you through a collage of moments, taken from the lives of three generations of men, exploring ideas surrounding ancestry, memory, healing and the magic of coincidence. Drink a toast to loved ones, bet on some cards and close your eyes to remember you past. As Leo’s story unfolds; so in turn does your own.
It’s Like He’s Knocking toured the UK to bedsit spaces in conjunction with venues in 2011. The piece was originally made for small spaces and audiences of 15, however it has now been adapted as a promenade show for an audience of 50 people. It is suitable for various larger non theatrical spaces such as warehouses or community halls and could be toured rurally, nationally or internationally.
Creation and performance: Leo Kay
Musical Composition: Pedro Lima De Oliveira (from origional compostion by Mestre Messias)
Musical Participation: Mestre Carlao (Alexandra Texeira da Silva)
Accordion arrangements: Martina Schwarz
Dramaturg: Phil MacKenzie
Script Consultant: Polar Bear
Producer: Unfinished Business (Leo Kay and Anna Smith)
Technical Manager: Mishi Bekesi
Design consultant/stage manager: Anna Smith
Quotes And Testimonies
This was a fully absorbing performance of a deeply personal subject, a very
brave piece of theatre for which he (Leo Kay), Carlao and composer Pedro LimaDe Oliveira should be applauded. It’s an extremely creative production, and credit to Pulse for bringing it to Ipswich.
a fascinating, spontaneous concoction of world music, dance and storytelling….explosive and often tragic patchwork of narratives about key moments in his life and the lives of his father and grandfather.
**** John-Paul Holden, The List. Edinbrugh Fringe 2010
Thank you for reminding me of my dad and that its not too late. X
Very Beautiful. Loved the intimacy and sensitivity of your memories and words and warmth with which you delivered it. It brought back many personal memories, as well as enjoying the richness of yours. Thank you.
My mum died two months ago. Thank you for giving me permission to make
some new connections.
Bold, brave, true and involving.