Media Release: Cannibalism and corruption sweeps the country


FOLLOWING their successful run at the Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe David Hughes Dance Productions, in association with National Theatre of Scotland, will perform their latest work, LAST ORDERS, at venues throughout Scotland; as well as venturing south to Leeds, from Thursday 22 September to Saturday 8 October 2011, as part of a ten-date autumn tour.

Says a spokesperson: “Last Orders is an enthralling new work of dance theatre inspired by the bloody myth of Sawney Bean, the legendary 16th century Scottish cannibal.

“It is a hallucinatory journey down the rabbit-hole, through subterranean caves and derelict nightclubs, to a radically different and unstable world of corrupted innocence where nothing is quite what is seems.”

Al Seed (Conflux), director and choreographer of Last Orders, said: “Last Orders is a series of collages, each of which consists of a symbolic interpretation of the themes involved in Sawney Bean’s tale.

“Through an evolution of events, including a birth, a death, story telling and the modern gameshow, where meaning is felt rather than explained, we have explored the metaphor of cannibalism.

“This is a show about the body and how its needs, sometimes terrible, can overshadow logic and conscience.”

Last Orders is the second production in a series of original, engaging and immersive works that bring dark themes and the horror genre to the stage; with cinematic techniques and cross-art form collaboration at their heart.

It is the follow-up to 2009’s The Red Room, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

For Last Orders David Hughes Dance Productions has brought together a diverse International company of performers.

Stuart Bowden, Matthew Foster, Lina Limosani, Martin Lindinger and Alex Rigg seamlessly merge their individual dance styles  (contemporary, breakdance, ballet) with dynamic physical theatre to create grotesque and monstrous characters that inhabit a chaotic underworld, swinging between the poles of ecstatic celebration and confrontation of their greatest fears.

Last Orders reunites the creative team behind The Red Room – director and choreographer Al Seed (with additional choreography from the company), creative producer David M Hughes, lighting designer Alberto Santos Bellido and sound designer Guy Veale.

Alex Rigg of Oceanallover joins the team as costume and set designer; and as a performer.

Alex has collaborated with NVA and Theatre Cryptic and also creates large-scale figurative work with Trevor Leat for events such as the Wickerman Festival.

Last Orders is supported by The National Theatre of Scotland, Creative Scotland, Made In Scotland and The Traverse Theatre.

What the critics have said about Last Orders:

“A hedonistic nightmare where nothing is certain, apart from Hughes’s genius.” Metro ****

“Belonging to both horror and dance genres, Last Orders holds up a mirror to those deepest, darkest, ugliest urges of mankind.” The Skinny ****

“The skill and inventiveness of these dancers and the choreography that goes behind it are nothing short of stunning… gripping and gloriously dark theatre.” Edinburgh Guide *****

“Strong, physical performances are delivered throughout this twisted work… Last Orders is gritty theatre that just happens to be told through the medium of dance.” Broadway Baby ****

“The images are frightening, the sound compelling, and the dancers superb.” The Telegraph

Tour listings information:

Thursday 22 September | Macphail Centre, Mill Street, Ullapool, Ross-shire IV26 2UN
Time: 19:30 | Tickets:  £8 / £6 concs / special price for school pupils aged 14+
Box Office / Information: 01854 613336 | Website:

Saturday 24 September | The Aros Experience, Viewfield Road, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EU
Time: 19:30 | Tickets: £10 / £6 under 16 | Box Office / information: 01478 613750

Tuesday 27 September – The Carriageworks, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD
Time: 19:30 | Tickets:  £11.50 / £9.50 / £2 off for concs | Box Office / Information: 0113 224 3801 | Website:

Friday 30 September – Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles EH45 8AD
Time: 19:30 | Tickets: £13 /  £11 / £5 students & under 16s | Box Office / information: 01721 725777 | Website:

Saturday 1 October – Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA
Time: 19:30 | Tickets: £10.75 / £8.75 concs / £6 under 18s | Box Office / Information: 0131 665 2240 | Website:

Monday 3 October – Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn,_Forres IV36 3TZ
Time: 19:30 | Tickets: £10 / £8 concs / £6 under 16s | Box Office / information: 01309 690110 | Website:

Tuesday 4 October – The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
Time: 19:00 | Tickets: £9 / £7 concs | Box Office / Information: 01224 641122 | Website:

Thursday 6 October – Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbernauld, G67 2BN
Time: 19:45 | Tickets: £9 / £7 concs /  £5 under 18s | Box Office / information: 01236 732887 | Website:

Friday 7 October – The Arches_253 Argyle St,_Glasgow,_G2 8DL
Time: 19:30 | Tickets: £11 / £8 concs | Box Office / Information: 0141 565 1000 | Website:

Saturday 8 October – macrobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA.
Time: 19:30 | Tickets: £12 / £9 concs / £7 under 18s & students | Box Office / Information: 01786 466666 | Website:


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