Two travel agents dressed in 1980’s holiday attire will get lost in fluttering and flapping maps, provide safety instructions for first time flyers, and provide utopian escapism to new far-off destinations such as maj-orca.
Suitable for outdoor urban and rural festivals, the audience will experience excessive enthusiasm for the summer holidays inviting everyone to interactively play and experience the all-dancing, all-speaking, all-inclusive travel agents.
The two holiday salespeople are cheeky, charming and immaculate whilst spreading the joy of a summers day at the beach. Through choreographed movements with computer keyboards, to a twist on the flight safety announcement.
“We charge exorbitant rates for cockroaches on plates.
We charge exorbitant rates for flight times on incorrect dates.
But look here, here’s a deal.
A holiday for two in Ben-i-dorm, it’s a steal”.
“Fancy a trip to Bognor Regis? Well this pink and prancing comedy duo are the ones to take you! Their flamboyant flag-waving and playful choreography was fun, simple and required a wide berth. For a partially safe and entirely fun flight, fly with Lord and Slater!”
“… already garnering a large crowd was satirical duo Lord & Slater. Packed full of audience participation and unmistakable wit, the pair delivered their performance of Travel Agents with a level of energy and enthusiasm that carried the audience along”
Performed at TakeOver Festival 2017 at York Theatre Royal & Brighouse Arts Festival 2017.
A rough outline of the performance is below: strolling and static street theatre work with two travel agents / holiday reps / flight attendants.
- Ideal holiday with globe spinning
- Getting lost with place names in large maps
- Handing out of ‘utopian’ holiday brochures
- Semaphore movements directing the flow of the public
- Introductions to the travel agents
- Spoken text regarding ‘exorbitant rates’
- Q&A with audience and their ideal holidays
- Semaphore flag dance
- Booking the groups ideal collective holiday / commission competition
- Flight safety with oxygen mask and landing positions
- Call and Response – Exits are here, here and here.
- Thank you to audience
Length: The static sequence lasts 10 minutes with strolling for 30 minutes.
Number of Performers: 2-4
Cast: Josh Slater, Matthew Harrison-Lord, Debra Deakin and Jamie-Glyn Bale.
Main Contact: Matthew Harrison-Lord – email@example.com
Created by Josh Slater & Matthew Harrison-Lord with dramaturgy from Richard Wiseman.
We received a Research & Development grant from a private trust to create the performance which is now available for touring.
Photography by Sam Minshall, TakeOver Festival, Brighouse Arts Festival