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W hen was the last time you ran around naked, throwing paint? Liberation , a performance by the Alchemist Theatre Company, will see five performers explore what it is like to break away from the restrictions and expectations of modern life and have a moment of liberation. As the performance progresses, the actors will slowly lose their clothes until they are naked, throwing pots of paint at each other in a physical expression of their freedom. The paint is black, white and grey to begin with but gets more colourful as more clothes are stripped off. The hope is that they will watch the show and think: yes, I exist in an office situation but maybe I can find moments where I can express myself and be momentarily liberated from it all. The piece was first inspired by an encounter with artist Shoshana Stern , who developed a project where she got strangers who were uncomfortable with nudity in social situations to go into a room, take off their clothes and throw paint at each other as a way of liberating themselves.

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