POST Theatre presents a Russian premiere of Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat written by Mark Ravenhill in 2007 through the request of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat is a series of 16 short plays in the attempt to fix contemporary man’s self-consciousness. Ravenhill was one of the first to illustrate and catch in epic form the reaction of humanity on a new epoch that followed September 11th, 2001. The entire cycle investigates how all the tragic features of a new reality is already being established as part of the routine.
Eleven years have passed since the terrorist attacks on the New York Twin Towers. It has become more and more impossible to reflect that substance of the world in culture and mass media. Moreover, it has become impossible to make an identification with the characters of the text. This brings us to the idea of an estrangement of narrations, situations and plots. That is to say, this necessity was almost determined by the author. The characters of the cycle Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat are not humans, but ideas. The protagonists’s role resolves into a medium and mouthpiece of a sophisticated postmodern game. Such space of the text brings the epic wordage away from the chronotope of hear-and-now.
Due to the impossibility of the narrative reality’s realization by the traditional theatrical resources a way of textual exhibition has been found. The narration in Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat is considered in the museum discourse, which is constructed by a particular relationship between the actors and the text, the actors and the audience, and the actors among the actors. Specific features of the museum space provide the audience the right to shift inside of the space of Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat. What is more, the spectator can find his or her own way inside of it. So the spectator is not supposed to become a victim of situations and meanings transmitted by the text or its conductors.
The Action in Support of Russian Theatrical Initiatives awarded the grant for the realization of the project.
With the support of Light People International Theatre Centre