2016, studio performance
Featuring Caitlin Fairlie & Jen Hart
'Selkie - a mythical creature that resembles a seal in the ocean but assumes a human form on land'
Photography: Aldo Ferrarello (December 2016, UnFix: Rebirth!, CCA Glasgow)
SELKIE is the debut performance of Craig Manson as a mythical creature: a re-imagining of an ancient Scottish story in the form of a modern day SeaWorld show. A nude, slimy seal/man hybrid performs flips, tricks and dances alongside two smiling women in wetsuits. Watch as Selkie flops on stage to perform for your pleasure; come onstage to feed him fish; watch him chase a shiny rubber ball to near exhaustion. As the performance progresses, the Selkie starts to 'learn' how to become human by interacting with the audience. By the end, the audience see the Selkie completely transformed as a human being based entirely on the people in the room. What begins as a cheeky critique of the human/animal divide soon evolves into an intimidating arena where the audience become the centre of their own attention.
"All three performers were a tremendous presence onstage and gave their all to create the ambient setting... manson demonstrated that he is an artist with a stage presence that shall graduate and flower into yet another great theatre maker"
Donald Stewart, FringeReview
SELKIE is a performance that has been adapted for club events and short cabaret slots as well as full-length studio performances. It is currently available for touring in a variety of contexts.