“I don’t look upon the humour, which is ostensibly rude, vulgar, lude, obscene – I don’t look upon that as evil, I look upon it as a safety valve, as I think there is much in modern men’s lives, indeed, in all of life, that is very frightening, and every now and again, you very much need the sort of safety valve that laughter supplies…” Kenneth Williams
FLASH BANG WALLOP examines Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howerd, two case studies from my more extensive research project on the male camp identity in performance and its relationship with everyday effeminacy.
By unpicking the physical taxonomy of this identity, it focuses on the gesture/body and the voice/face to address two salient elements of the male camp body in performance.
FLASH BANG WALLOP experiments with the abstraction and amplification of the historical body.
FLASH BANG WALLOP is a work in progress presented at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Collisions Festival of Practice Research, 2018.