Our Carnal Hearts
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Our Carnal Hearts is a celebration of envy, a joyous call for everyone we’ve ever wanted to be and everything we’ve ever wanted to own. A place to whoop at our own fragility and delight against our better nature. A toast to our competitive spirits and a rumbling dance for the ugly gutter-tramping parts of our souls.
Born from the suspect parentage of an ideological rally, a drunken sing-song and a horrible but seductive dream, this show continues Rachel’s interrogation of envy, success and song .
With original music composed and arranged by Louise Mothersole.
Both joyful and delightfully painful. Moved me to celebrate what is terribly human with song and revelry.
— Ari Barbanell, Theatre Producer, American Repertory Theatre
A show of wit and verve that -aptly- hides a dark heart.
—Louise Stephens, Royal Court Theatre, UK
Our Carnal Hearts is a gorgeous, gleeful rummage through our darkest urges. Funny, sinister and intimate, it is part capitalist satire and part emotional vivisection. - Jonathan Wakeham, Screenwriter.
Rachel Mars is a performance maker borrowing from theatre, live art and comedy. Her work looks at the idiosyncratic cultural and political constructs that inform the way we are together, as people, just trying to figure it all out. Her recent obsessions have included the rhythms of jokes well told, Roller Derby, and the language of 80s pop.
Most recently she has developed work in the UK with The Royal Court Theatre, Tate Modern, Fuel Theatre, Ovalhouse London and The Wellcome Trust, and undertaken residencies at The Orchard Project and Asylum, New York; Playwrights’ Workshop, Montreal and Cove Park, UK.
She has shown work at festivals internationally including at WOW, London; Wildside, Montreal and Hot! NYC.
Rachel is a regular on BBC Radio’s ‘Pause for Thought’ and has written for The Stage, The Guardian and The Jewish Chronicle.
Developed with the support of Arts Council England, South East Dance in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Trust, Orchard Project (NY), CPT, Cambridge Junction, Ovalhouse, American Repertory Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.