Drawing: Eric Davis is the Red Bastard

Red Bastard

Labelled America’s premiere bouffon, Eric Davis is best known for creating the role of Allen Smithee in Cirque du Soleil’s Iris, and for the past ten years, the ‘dangerous comedy’ monster, ‘Red Bastard’. According to his website, Red Bastard’s mission is to charm, disarm, shock and seduce. His target: you!

It’s described as: “no holds barred theatre, demanding to know nothing less than the existential query ‘who the hell do you think you are?'”.

The show is an interactive feast of biting wit, improvisation and physical prowess. Eric based the shape on the Palaeolithic limestone figurine “Venus of Willendorf” and said it “fulfilled the primal, almost religious, ritual function of theatre” as he continually pushes the audiences psychological buttons.

Audiences are warned to be prepared for anything to happen – raw conversations, provocations, traps, rewards and catch 22s.  Lines will be crossed, laughs will be had. Eric’s persona signed my sketch at the Pleasance Theatre during his London run earlier this month.

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