“I swear for this- in this moment I’m dreaming. And I’ll end up believing my mind’s complexities in telling me what I shouldn’t be.”
Driven by true stories and crafted through free-writing, Project Lockout’s third show taps into the mental health of young adults and brings it to the forefront.
Abstract in nature, we meet Sam. As he journeys towards the pier his world becomes fragmented as he feels his personality splitting. Gripped by a MANIAC within - Sam’s story doesn’t only belong to him.
Built around the concept of personifying the darkest corner of our mind, The Maniac Complex thrills through a physical ensemble of actors as themselves in mime-inspired attire and face-painted masks concealing all that which we hide beneath our very own smiles.
The five performers control the stage elements; from torches and portable lanterns to an old corded telephone wire, all wielded through tightly-knit choreography.
Through dynamic movement, intricate sound design and cinematic mime, Project Lockout’s London debut promises to deliver an incredible, emotional and powerful theatrical experience.
The Maniac Complex was due to arrive at VAULT Festival 2020 for its London debut. However, the sudden impact of COVID-19 meant the festival was forced to close prematurely, and as a result, TMC never reached audiences. With the festival rescheduled to 2022, and with the world of theatre still on hold it is currently likely that we will not see the show before then.
Although this gives us time for further development - and we are confident this will bring a new strength to the show, we cannot re-explore it physically yet. In acknowledgement of our rehearsal period early this year, reshaping TMC for VAULT Festival 2020, we intend to continue exploring the piece narratively until we get back into the room.
TMC is a beautiful amalgamation of verbatim, freewriting, mime and movement directly influenced by the intimate thoughts and experiences of its performers. We are hopeful this production will mark a new beginning for the company, as we look to make bolder choices with the show. We hope that TMC will make a statement on the quality of our theatrical work, the brilliance of a physical ensemble, and the importance of mental health in young people.
“I was sold from the first breath.”
“It’s the best thing I’ve seen in months.”
"Truthful. Cinematic. Important."
"Visually stunning feast. The synchronicity was phenomenal.”
“Immersive, inventive and incredible.
The sheer brilliant use of light and sound. It’s so original.”