THE TED BUNDY PROJECT Headed on UK Tour, May 6-June 27
The Ted Bundy Project by Greg Wohead will head out on a UK Tour from Wednesday 6th May to Saturday 27th June 2015.
Texan writer and performer uses death row confession tapes of serial killer Ted Bundy to make a new performance about morbid curiosity
In November 2012, Greg Wohead stumbled across Ted Bundy's confession tapes online. He couldn't stop listening and so began a fascinating investigation of morbid curiosity. Why are we drawn to look twice at gory images? Why do we rubberneck at car accidents? And what is so compelling about serial killers?
The Ted Bundy Project is a solo performance about Wohead's relationship to Ted Bundy, one of the world's most notorious serial killers. Bundy confessed to having murdered at least 30 young women between 1974 and 1978. He was known for being handsome, gentle and charming, which is usually how he was able to earn the trust of his victims. There are many utterly compelling twists and turns in his case.
Wohead makes use of Bundy's confession tapes in unexpected ways to bring a potency and presence into the room. Using some of the items found in Bundy's car when he was arrested (including a pair of handcuffs, a rope and a panty hose mask), he asks what we are capable of imagining and doing and whether we are who we say we are.
This difficult, slippery show makes us face up to our morbid fascination, a fascination that we share with Bundy himself (the Guardian).
This is an exploration born of a curiosity about the nature of charm, the label of 'monster' and the tension between attraction and repulsion. The show itself is part confession (both Wohead's and Bundy's), part reconstruction and part exploration of the power of suggestion. Wohead interweaves his own personal account of discovering Bundy's confession tapes (which led him down a rabbit hole to the darker side of the internet) with the vocal mimicking of the tapes themselves and a reconstruction of one of Bundy's murders.
Greg Wohead says, I keep coming back to the night in November 2012 when I first heard the confession tapes. I found the experience extremely unsettling yet totally compelling. The inspiration for the show was the feeling I experienced; being disgusted and horrified by the things Bundy was saying, but also being intrigued and wanting to know more. It's a feeling to which I think we can all relate.
Wohead made The Ted Bundy Project as part of the Flying Solo International Commission - a commission by Contact, MC Amsterdam, Fuel and The Albany to develop a new solo show. He is also currently developing Comeback Special, a reenactment of Elvis Presley's 1968 Comeback TV Special with Shoreditch Town Hall, Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Chisenhale Dance Space and touring a performance called Hurtling, which takes place on a rooftop.
The Ted Bundy Project
Running Time: 60 minutes
Ages 16+. The performance contains extreme images and graphic, violent content.
Shoreditch Town Hall, London 6th - 9th May
Northern Stage, Newcastle 12th - 13th May
South Street Arts Centre, Reading 14th May
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 29th - 30th May
Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester 3rd June
Pulse Festival, Ipswich 4th June
Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 5th June
Live Art Bistro, Leeds 22nd June
Bristol Old Vic Studio, Bristol 23rd - 27th June
Greg Wohead is a London-based writer and performer originally from Texas. He makes theatre performances, one-to-one pieces and audio work. Thematically, his work explores distance through time and place, narrative construction in autobiography and questions of masculinity. His most recent piece, The Ted Bundy Project, is a solo show exploring morbid curiosity using a serial killer's confession tapes, and he is currently working on Comeback Special, a re-enactment of Elvis Presley's iconic 1968 TV Special. He has shown and developed new work in the UK and internationally with Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, MC (Amsterdam), Orchard Project (New York), MAKE (Ireland), Wales Millennium Centre, Ovalhouse, Forest Fringe and The Yard, where he is an Artistic Associate. In 2014, he was shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award for Hurtling, an outdoor performance for one.