National Theatre Wales has confirmed that it will stage Praxis Makes Perfect - a touring live music gig by Neon Neon - in Cardiff and, as part of the Barbican's 2013 season, at Village Underground in London. The show imagines the life of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, the millionaire Italian communist and publisher at the heart of many of the most extraordinary events of the 20th century.
Conceived and performed by Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals and LA-based producer Boom Bip), with playwright Tim Price and director Wils Wilson, this immersive live music gig will tour venues and festivals across the UK.
This unique event will happen in tandem with the release of Neon Neon's much-anticipated second album, also entitled Praxis Makes Perfect, which will be released on 29th April. The new record follows the duo's 2008 debut, Stainless Style, which was inspired by the life and times of playboy engineer, John DeLorean.
Praxis Makes Perfect brings together the unique experiences of a live gig and site-specific theatre. Neon Neon and their band will take to the stage with a cast of professional actors at every performance, which will include some unexpected interactions with the audience.
Born into one of Italy's wealthiest families, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli was a life-long left-wing political activist and founder of the publishing house Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore. He discovered and published some of the greatest literary works of the last century including The Leopard and Doctor Zhivago, the latter following lengthy battles with Soviet censors. He died in suspicious circumstances in 1972.
Writer Tim Price's theatre credits include: The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre Wales, tour), For Once (Pentabus, Hampstead Theatre and national tour) Salt Root and Roe (Donmar Warehouse, Trafalgar Studios) which was nominated for the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Demos (Traverse Theatre), Will and George Shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award 2011, and Café Cariad (National Youth Theatre of Wales).
Director Wils Wilson is a freelance theatre director. She was co-founder and co-Artistic Director of wilson+wilson (1997-2007), making innovative site-specific theatre, installation and art in diverse locations across the UK. Her award-winning work continues to explore the boundaries between audience, story, site and performance, through collaborations with theatre makers, writers, musicians, artists, academics and inspiring people of all ages and from all walks of life. Most recently Manchester Lines (for Library Theatre Manchester) took audiences into a bespoke Lost Property Office created from lost objects (winner of TMA Award) and the multi-award-winning The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (National Theatre of Scotland) is currently touring internationally.