Howard Barker’s theatre is characterized by its tragic scale and its distinctive way of exposing the unconscious resistances that underlie apparent social unanimity, both in the sexual and political spheres.
Barker’s play, BLOK/EKO, is a large-scale drama about death and its status in the world. Eko, an ageing despot, seemingly on a whim liquidates the entire medical profession, asserting that consolation – in the form of song – is a better way with sickness than drugs or surgery. A connoisseur herself, she knows great song is itself the distillation of suffering and so deliberately exposes her greatest poet Tot to a life of crime, poverty and humiliation in order to extract from him his finest work.
BLOK/EKO is the first outcome of Barker’s residence as Creative Fellow at the University of Exeter (2010-2012) and the main element of his Plethora/Bare Sufficiency project.
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Okay, things are gtting interesting. I'm curious as to why Ryker is referred to as "they". But I'm still confused as to what's going on. What's wih the Undertale-like "resets"? Where did Ryker come frpm, and who is he? Why is he bothering Matthew, and how does he know hin? I have more questions, but I can't fill this up with my over-active mind. XD Least to say, I'm intruiged. Keep doing this, I love the images you're giving me. But I do hope for some explanation as to what's going on, in the future. A prolouge or something?
PEARL! I haven't heard from you in forever! I was so happy when I saw that you were witing this story! It's a great plot, and l read it all just now. Keep going! :)
~ I'm back! Didja miss me? Admit it, you missed me. ~ <br> <p> Ryker waited for the boy to come. They needed to teach the kid something to show off to the others. Maybe, they thought, maybe teaching him stuff will make him trust me more. And judging by what the boy did without any training, who knows how strong he could be with a lesson. A small pop sounded in the space, and there stood the boy. <br> <p> "Hello darling! Ready for your first day of real lessons?" It suddenly occurred to the demon that they had no idea what to teach the kid. Something easy. Bending time? No. <br> "Let's just get this over with," huffed the boy. He didn't seem very keen on doing much of anything. <br> "Well if you want to go back to a dreamless sleep, that's fine by me, darling. Too bad, I had a great lesson planned for you today," they snapped their fingers and a small black flame appeared. "Just a simple fire spell that can do things," barely thinking the flame turned into a ballet dancer, and began to dance. Ryker studied the boy, watching the amazement on the kids face. They quickly summoned a piece of paper, scooping up the dancing flame. The paper didn't burn as the dancer leaped and twirled around. <br> <p> "How did you do that? That's amazing!" It really didn't take much to impress the kid, did it? <br> <p> "You just close your eyes and think about a flame, and once you get it you can make it do things. It takes practice, though. Some people like to stay magic words when their first starting out. You try," they burned the paper quickly and had the flame dissapear, before looking expectantly at the kid. He closed his eyes hard and scrunched up his face. They had to admit, it was quite funny to watch. A minute later, nothing had happened and the kid was getting impatient. "Try focusing on the palm of your hand, its a bigger area and might help," the boy made a sound of understanding, and continued to do whatever he was doing. Minutes passed, and nothing had happened. <br> "I can't do it," the boys voice cut through the silence. <br> "Keep trying," they urged. It would make them look like a fool if he couldnt do one spell on command. "Its only been," being a controller of time, they knew it had been about fifteen minutes, but the lie came softly and without fault. "Five minutes. Come on. Try a little more, darling," he nodded and went back to concentrating. <br> <p> Ten minutes passed, and still nothing. However this time, the kid wasnt getting antsy. He just stood there with his eyes closed and face scrunched. Ryker was getting very bored. Suddenly, without warning the boys entire hand caught on fire with a brilliant blue flame. <br> <p> "I... I did it!" The kid laughed. They smiled, applauding the boy. <br> "Good job! Now can you make them go away?" Asked the demon. He nodded, and it only took a moment before the flames disappeared. "Now back," minutes later the boys flames appeared again. After a few rotations of controlling the flames, the boy finally spoke to them. <br> <p> "Hey, Ryker? Could you do you something for me?" Asked the kid. They shrugged. <br> "Well that depends, darling. What is it?" <br> "My sisters having a sleepover party with her friends, and I really don't wanna be around when that happens. I had to lock myself in the closet for a few hours last time. So I was wondering if you could change into a normal looking person and get me an excuse to be out of the house that day." <br> "Sure, I can do that."