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Absolutely Reliable!

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Male vulnerability relentlessly on display in this unique solo-mask performance


By Lee Delong and Ralf Wetzel

Directed by Lee Delong

With Ralf Wetzel

Masks created by Stephen John Cooper

A surrealist display of the harsh reality of gender politics, Absolutely Reliable! is transfixing and provocative.

Absolutely Reliable! Is a solo mask performance that confronts toxic masculinity head-on in a delightfully comic monologue that follows George through an examination of his male vulnerability and suppressed aggression. In a timely response to the #metoo movement, George negotiates the tangled web of his increasingly darker side. A surrealistic, rollicking, slightly creepy look into his world sheds tender light on just how bad alpha-male culture can get.

George is a white, middle aged, middle class, middle manager desperate for female attention. Just as he appears to be getting closer to the object of his desire, he swirls in a maelstrom of denial, anger, and insecurity. George oscillates between love and loss, death and birth, and never ever finds his deeper self.

Director and co-writer Lee Delong has transformed George’s, anxieties and traumas into a raw investigation of contemporary gender norms using dark comedy. George and co-author Ralf Wetzel wears a mask that fits him like a glove. It has a transfixing power and sometimes one forgets that it’s a mask, so much so that Wetzel plays two distinct characters-male and female-with only one mask. Negotiating a labyrinth of increasingly comic situations, George is peeled away like an onion to reveal a surprising truth.

Recent Shows (2019-2022)

Brighton Fringe Festival, May 2022


International Clown Festival Zagreb, 12.03.2020


Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK, July 29-Aug 26, 2019  


Dok Festival Gent, Belgium, 29.04.2019

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Premiere at Tinnenpot, Gent, Belgium, 03.02.2019

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