A tale of lost innocence, starring Told by an Idiot’s founders Hayley Carmichael and Paul Hunter.
Fahrenheit Twins at Barbican Pit
This was the first time that Told by an Idiot’s founders (Hayley Carmichael and Paul Hunter) had performed a two-hander. The Fahrenheit Twins is a dark tale, from the author Michel Faber, that follows a brother and sister being born and growing up in an arctic scientific exploration station.
The Fahrenheit Twins tells the story of siblings who live with their scientist parents on a remote arctic exploration station. They spend their days racing huskies across the wintry tundra, rolling in the snow and recording key events in The Book of Knowledge.
Their existence is perfect, until one day their mother unexpectedly takes to her bed and life for the twins will never be the same again.
Both savage and tender, this is a coming of age story, about twins whose unusual circumstances force them to come of age far too early.
The pivoting set was great and the actors really embodied the spirit of children, sliding on ice and hurling themselves around corners.
There were odd moments when the cleverness of it was overwhelmingly apparent; the artistry was writ large on the very white canvas. But most of the time the conceit really worked; I was close to tears as it became clear that the infant twins weren’t equipped to deal with the frozen wastes.
This show by Told by an Idiot was co-commissioned and first performed the Drum Theatre in Plymouth, the show had been on a national tour before settling for a run at the Barbican’s Pit Theatre.