Today I perform The Kraken Goes Back to Bed, a solo show I wrote about unemployment, existential crises and cephalopods.
The Kraken Goes Back to Bed is a solo show by Chris Sav about trying to be a better man by becoming a squid. It follows the format of a lecture, in which the speaker presents a series of ‘cephalopodic life hacks’ – applying the attributes of a squid to the various trials of everyday life. From filling out job application forms to attempting great feats of manliness (opening a jam jar), this talk will prove that there is no task that a squid can’t do better than a human.
The show uses video, music and audience interaction to take the audience on a journey into the depths. The narrative likens one’s existential struggles to the descent into the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world’s oceans – a depth of which equals the distance between Lancing and Goring-by-Sea, (although it doesn’t sound as impressive when you put it like that). As the pressure increases, so does the need to adapt to the uncertain environment that lies beneath.
The theme of anxiety lies at the core of the show, a result of the millennial crisis sediment that has floated down through unemployment, precariousness and YouTube culture. The show also addresses what masculinity means in the 21st Century by parodying the expectations and traditional notions.
The Kraken Goes Back to Bed teeters between the comic and tragic by using pop culture references and deadpan physical comedy against the backdrop of an uncertain post-Brexit climate, whilst highlighting the humour and pathos that lies in wanting to embody a creature so vastly different to ourselves.
The show wavers between fact and fiction, leaving the audience to question what is real and what is not, and perhaps to accept that sometimes, just believing you are a squid is enough.
“Chris’ depiction of the kraken was pretty accurate.”
– 18th Century Zoologist Carl Linnaeus