Oh! Suburbia! is a one-man avant-garde theatrical review by multi-award winning Bob Karper, mixing film, songs, experimental dance and painfully true stories about unjust childhood punishments, playground heroism, meticulously planned escapes, tragedy and comedy, life and death and everything in between. You’ll love it! Come and see! Bob is not a dancer!
Where are the suburbs of our consciousness? What are the suburbs of ourselves? Multi-award winning raconteur/performance artist/musician Bob Karper has made a brand new, inidividually idiosyncratic show about growing up in the suburban American Midwest*.
When he was a boy, Bob’s world turned upside down. His buttoned-up anti-social plumber father joined the Palos Village Players amateur dramatics company, just as they were workshopping the 1970s phenomenon, Oh! Calcutta! According to Wikipedia: ‘The 1970s phenomenon, Oh! Calcutta! was an avant-garde theatrical revue filled with sketches on sex-related topics and featuring extended scenes of total nudity, both male and female.’ Nine-year-old Bob Jr’s** sheltered suburban life was never the same again…
Oh! Suburbia! presents funny, intriguing, surprising tales of life in our residential outlying districts in the form of an avant-garde theatrical revue, a one-man avant-garde theatrical review, mixing film, songs, experimental dance*** and live musical stories about unjust childhood punishments, playground heroism, meticulously planned escapes, tragedy and comedy, life and death and everything in between. You’ll love it. Come and see.
*In Palos Heights, a southwest suburb of Chicago. **Bob’s father is also called Bob. ***Bob is not a dancer.
Bob Karper is a performer, filmmaker and composer whose solo work features true stories mixed with film, song, projected images and a variety of instruments. Work he’s created has won the Herald Angel, Anti-Fest Best of the Best, Live Theatre New Writing and Empty Space Bursary Awards.
“Like Tom Waits soundtracking The Waltons, Karper is part performance artist, part one-man cabaret.” Neil Cooper, Glasgow Herald
“An unsentimental storyteller with an idiosyncratic and beguiling style” Maddy Costa, Guardian
“His musical talent is immense, his gift for expression impressive… Spare no effort, watch him work” John Lydon, FEST
“A profoundly interesting storyteller” Scotsman
“Karper is a Maestro” Mark Shenton, Stage
See Oh! Suburbia by Bob Karper at Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP on Saturday May 18, at 8.15pm.
Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!