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Looking for Paul

Looking for Paul

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REDCAT Theatre in Los Angeles invited Wunderbaum to create Looking for Paul.

With ‘Paul’, we mean the American contemporary artist Paul McCarthy of whom a sculpture was placed in the city center of Rotterdam. The sculpture Santa Claus, better known as Gnome Buttplug was unveiled in 2001 and led to violent protests. Originally intended for the Theatre Square, Gnome Buttplug moved around three times before it came to its present location.

In this performance the Dutch Inez van Dam came to Los Angeles together with Wunderbaum to take revenge on the famous ketchup artist…

Total Theatre Award 2014
Wunderbaum won the Total Theatre Award 2014 for this performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

The Total Theatre Awards recognizes innovative work of professional artists and companies in the field of theater. An international jury of professionals (eg. The Guardian and The Financial Times) selected Looking for Paul out of the almost 3.000 performances at the festival.

Total Theatre wrote: “Every moment of this show contains the seeds of a thousand thoughts, this is the perfect irreducible complexity of truly great art.”

Read their review here. 
Total Theatre Award

In the press
The Financial Times
“Part making-of documentary, part self-admonishing mea culpaLooking for Paul is a fascinating thing to watch. Its narrative is as gripping as any soap opera, but it airs a host of knotty questions about the possibility and efficacy of arts funding, social democracy and cross-cultural values.”
Read the whole article here.

The Guardian
“Wunderbaum remind us that the only art worth making is that which disrupts, challenges and tests artists and audiences – sometimes to the limits.”
Read the whole article here.

The Scotsman
“The piece is a highly entertaining, smart critique of pretentious, directionless performances and artists using real people’s stories to further their own self-interests.”
Read the whole article here.

“It is a slick, clever production that should not be missed.”
Read the whole article here.


Actors & creators Walter Bart, Inez van Dam, Matijs Jansen, Maartje Remmers & Marleen Scholten. For the revival of Looking for Paul we welcome the American guest actor Daniel Frankl.
Design Maarten van Otterdijk

Coproduction  Red Cat, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Drum Theatre Plymouth in association with Summerhall
The shows in Austin have been made possible by: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Department for Cultural Affairs




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