Alongside his rehearsals for Nights At The Circus, Kaiden is also currently working under the direction of Ben Caplan on a short section taken from Fin Kennedy’s 2007 black comedy How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found. The scene will be performed as part of a showcase of contemporary duologues by this year’s graduating class of Bath Spa University’s BA(Hons) Performing Arts course, of which Kaiden is a member.
Kaiden will be playing How To Disappear…‘s central character Charlie, a burnt-out brand manager in his 20s who feels his life is stuck in a repetitive and vapid loop. He fuels himself with alcohol and cocaine in search of excitement and the ability to feel something, but it is not enough to end the tedium he believes himself to be trapped within. Spurned by his mother’s death, and the fact that he is caught embezzling vast amounts of money from his office, after a coke-fueled breakdown Charlie makes the decision to disappear and start a new life with a new identity. Throughout How To Disappear… Charlie is plagued by images of a pathologist named Sophie claiming that he is an unidentified corpse and that she is investigating his case. The play teases with time throughout and though Charlie initially dismisses Sophie as a bad dream, it soon becomes clear that he has merely been re-experiencing the events leading up to his death, not living them for the first time, and is in fact the corpse Sophie claims him to be. When Charlie’s new life turns out to be as mundane as his previous life things start to sour leading to his eventual suicide, unable to feel anything but perpetual emptiness.
The scene Kaiden will be performing in the upcoming showcase is taken from near the play’s end, after Charlie begins to accept that his life is over, baring post-mortem scars on his chest. In the scene Kaiden will be performing opposite Gerry Fitzpatrick as Mike, a small-time crook, identity thief, friend and mentor to Charlie, the man who enabled Charlie’s disappearance. At this point in the play Mike is also dead, his heart having given out that morning. Charlie begs Mike to help him find a way out, a way to escape his death and find a new life fitting to Charlie’s idealisations of an exciting and stimulating existance. Mike on the other hand is more relaxed in his attitude, urging Charlie to realise the importance of ‘the little things’ in life, the scene emphasising the differences between the characters’ conflicting life views.
This, the third annual Bath Spa Performing Arts showcase, will take place at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London on 3rd May 2011, 1.15pm. Tickets are free and available at the door.