Klub, Cottier Theatre, Glasgow
AFTER its success at this year’s Fringe, Swansea-based Frantic Theatre Company has brought Klub back to Scotland as part of the International Festival of University Theatre. Klub is a high-energy trip into the sexy, sweaty world of club culture.
We are shown snapshots of a world inhabited by bingeing anorexics, single mothers, and frustrated TV starlets, a world where the yuppie and the unemployed collide, a world ultimately bereft of hope. Using a soundscape devised in collaboration with Hacienda DJ Andy Cleeton and the taut physicality of Stephen Kirkham’s choreography, Frantic has created an energetic and impressionistic performance that is exhilarating to watch. Perfectly paced for an audience brought up on a diet of MTV, Klub’s message seems to be that the youth culture of the 1990s has created a generation that feels, as one character put it, ”disheartened, disillusioned and disowned”.
Generation X has given way to generation why.