Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 23rd-26th 2016

Broken Air

Third Knock Theatre


Physical Theatre based on a true story of Cornish artist Peter Lanyon who died in 1964 at the age of 46 years. His hobby as a glider pilot was inspirational to his art work.

Singular solo scenario depicting the final days and untimely and sudden death of the landscape artist following an accident in his glider which was not thought to be life threatening at the time.

A proficient, polished performance from accomplished artiste Paul Attmere, incorporating dance, mime and subtle audience participation. The evocative soundtrack transported us to Cornwall and the paucity of props were used to maximum affect to illustrate the scenery and environment of the Cornish cliffs, in stark contrast to the austerity of the hospital bed where John Lanyon spent his final three days. The artistic agility was breath-taking, the symbolism, thought provoking.

Paulís somewhat obsessive pre-occupation with this relatively obscure true story went over my head - rather like the glider and sea birds so brilliantly portrayed in his passionate rendition.

From his home in Lithuania, Paulís contribution to our 10th anniversary of Theatrefest was immaculate in execution, perfect in performance and educationally excellent. I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to broaden your horizons.

A real gem.
Chris Brown