“Intriguing, intelligent and frequently laugh-out-loud funny” – The Independent (review of Odd Comic’s ‘Would Be Nice Though’ 2012)
PETS! It’s all about pets: for pet-lovers, pet-lover-haters and ambiguous humans
An hour of funny, familiar yet unpredictable observations into the pet phenomenon. What is it about people and their enthusiastic hobby, relationship, discipline and love for animals? ‘My Champion Heartache’ is a performance inspired by conversations with people about their pets. We worked with the Hospital Arts Project, talking to patients temporarily separated from their pets. We installed pet friendly artworks in Mousehold Heath, interacting with dog walkers and their dogs in the park. We searched the whereabouts of the lost owners who wrote missing posters for lost pets and delved into our own personal experiences of pet ownership.
Odd Comic make performance in an intuitive, sometimes improvisational way and this (in part) accounts for our mongrel, non-linear and occasional ‘sketch-show’ delivery. ‘My Champion Heartache’ is a frank, playful and humorous interaction between pet, owner, performer, audience and the other mechanisms of theatre.