Long Live The Little Knife is a dynamic, absurd and uplifting theatre piece about forgery, castration and blind drunkenness. Liz and Jim are small-time con-artists who need £250 grand to buy their way out of a turf war. Their mission is to be the greatest art forgers in the world. There’s only one problem. They can’t paint.
The audience sit inside a mess of paint-spattered dust sheets within the pomp and splendour of a former town hall. It’s as if Jackson Pollock has drunkenly exploded himself in the middle of the room. All the lighting is second-hand equipment bought from a real building site.
The characters of Liz and Jim were first seen in Thin Air, a seven-minute short commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed in the British Museum. The piece was such a hit that Leddy has brought the same characters back for this entirely new, full-length caper.
In this fast-paced, provocative and boisterous caper Leddy finds the incongruous connections between verbatim theatre, free-market economics, the psychology of ‘truth’ and a castrated labradoodle in a classic Chanel clutch bag.