Theatre Paradok is a performing arts society. Our aim is to put on productions that are experimental without being exclusive.
Each semester we vote on a play, dedicate our time to it, and put it on. We have performed in venues all over the city; traditional theatres, gothic churches, the basement of McEwan Hall… We’ve grown hugely over the last ten years, encompassing an ever-growing team of actors, costume-makers, make-up artists, set-designers, artists, musicians, technicians and everything in between. We hope you’d like to be a part of that growing team. We encourage new writing and experimental approaches to theatre. We will be putting on a few workshops each semester this year to develop acting/directing skills and to discuss ‘alternative theatre’ and its meanings. Paradok is an open space where members can try new techniques and learn from each other.
This semester we are running a physical theatre play-group, every Thursday from 5pm in the Chaplaincy. Come along!!
We are now opening proposals for our next show! The deadline is 5pm on the 17th of November, and we will be holding a meeting to vote on the 20th, from 5pm in the chaplaincy. Details of how to propose are in a document at the bottom of this page!
The Main Yvette is a brand new physical theatre show by Good Punch, Edinburgh based, live art group, directed by Fiona Anderson in collaboration with Theatre Paradok.
Everyone wants to win, everyone wants to be the best, but what does it take?
We are consumers of life, constantly striving to improve ourselves...
Be happier! Be healthier! Be sexier, richer and more content, be the best possible you!
The Main Yvette is a capitalist game show. The 10 contestants are trapped on stage, unaware of why they are there or what the point of it all is. Through a series of symbolic tests, who’s the sexiest, who can worry the most, who is the most ‘sorted’ and together, the contestants’ femininity and personality are trialled.
The Main Yvette is about conformity and about pleasing others, about the fear of failure and the enduring hum of anxiety bolstered by contemporary consumerist culture. Taking inspiration from mainstream media and everyday life, the Main Yvette is recognizably absurd and invites the viewer to laugh at the ridiculousness of human behaviour.
Good Punch are inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, Dave St Pierre, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, Gary Stevens and Forced Entertainment.