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Oil and Water

Oil and Water

Demi Nandhra

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Tickets: £10 Full/£6 Concessions/£4 Discounted
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Oil and Water is a performance about women, mental illness and religion; the beauty and absurdity of faith in the face of an illness. What happens when we suspend our disbelief?

Demi takes antidepressants and her ‘Mummy-Jee’ drinks holy water. Both laugh at the other's choice, but after 20 years of laughing Demi has started to wonder what will happen if she takes a leap beyond the construct of language, to see what faith can be, all in the hope of driving the sadness out.

This research considers the distance between Eastern and Western Philosophies; that the concept of health is a matter of overcoming illness, of destroying pathology. Oil and Water asks you to consider weighing both rational thought and irrational thought in equal measure. You're invited to witness this ritual act. A ceremony, filled with scepticism and an artist full of hope.

A Contact Flying Solo commission.
Photos by George Davies

Oil and Water

Demi Nandhra

Demi Nandhra is an interdisciplinary artist from Birmingham who makes solo performance, live art, theatre and sociopolitical enquiries. Her work explores Mental Health through examining collective sadness, vulnerability and cultural binaries. Her work is performed in theatres, galleries and beds.   


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