The Book of Loco
The Book of Loco is a semi-autobiographic, intimate theatrical experience in which writer and performer Alirio Zavarce duels with his alter-ego, Loco, and draws on historical and global events to make sense of this crazy life. Willing audience participants help demonstrate Loco’s theory of ‘Rational Madness’, while Alirio ponders life’s conundrum that sometimes you have to be mad to stay sane.
"If the world was collapsing around you and you only had a notebook and pen, what would you do?"
The Book of Loco is a contemporary, beautiful work that has universal thematic resonance and is set in an enclosed and highly designed space. It is an intimate space, a waiting room (preferred audience of 100) where Loco plays with his audience – his spectators become as much a part of the narrative as the story teller himself. The Book of Loco is a unique audience experience.
Writer/Performer – Alirio Zavarce
Director – Sasha Zahra
The Book of Loco collaborating artists/creative collaborators are: Jonathon Oxlade (set and costume design), Chris More (video and graphic design), Duncan Campbell (composer), David Gadsden (lighting design), Neil Jensen (production manager)
THE BOOK OF LOCO IS AN INDEPENDENTLY PRODUCED CONTEMPORARY NEW WORK.
Its development and premier has been supported through Arts SA’s Triennial Project Grant. The work was developed in stages over 3 years, driven by leading South Australian artists Alirio Zavarce (writer/performer), Sasha Zahra (director) and initially produced by Janine Peacock – Loose Canon Art Services. The Book of Loco premiered as part of Adelaide Fringe 2013 at Tandanya Theatre.
The multi-award winning success of The Book of Loco’s premier season at Adelaide Fringe, resulted in Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre presenting the work as part of their 2014 annual program.
THE BOOK OF LOCO IS INTIMATE THEATRE.
The set is comprised of cardboard boxes and/or modular flats designed to look like boxes.
Discuss with our team to determine the best fit for the experience in your venue.
There are 2 versions of the show to suit multiple venue types:
“END ON” OR “FULLY IMMERSIVE”
One-man tour de force for actor/writer Alirio Zavarce.
The Book of Loco is mesmerising, engaging, powerful, complicated and deliciously entertaining. Challenging and engaging, theatre as it should be.
The Book of Loco must be one of the finest theatrical events of this year’s Fringe.
Funny and sad moments, great projections and sound, clever audience participation, theatrical tricks and surprises, but most of all the delight of play.
Best of the Fringe.
A must see for those who want to learn something about themselves and each other.