Haruki Murakami would have called it What I Talk About When I Talk About Weightlifting. The title chosen by playwright Stef Smith is The Deadlift. Like Murakami’s book on running, this dreamy meditation on a trip to the gym switches between the physical and the metaphysical, capturing a weightlifter’s meandering thoughts and juxtaposing them with the fleshy reality of joints, hamstrings and shoulder blades.
Drifting and poetic, hers is the first episode of Earwig, a series of six “audio drama podcasts” directed by Finn den Hertog for Glasgow’s Tron theatre. The brainchild of composer Danny Krass, the 15-minute instalments are designed for headphones, their sonic landscapes swirling around you, all echoes, percussive effects and ambient sound. [READ MORE]