Its latest offering – the 40-minute solo performance Avalanche by Simon Fraser with Jack Albert Cook – ticks both boxes of the weird and the wonderful.
Alex, grippingly played in a highly nuanced performance by Sonny Poon Tip – is a young professional skier obsessed with winning , with perfection and total self-control. Alistair Wilkinson’s taut direction has close-ups, panning shots and a wide variety of camera angles in a claustrophobic minimalist setting.
The small bed with its thin pillow and the bare walls give an air of a prison cell , only relieved in its starkness by projections of the snowy mountains which are presumably outside.
Ski-ing it seems is all of Alex’s life – no time for friends or relationships, apart from his loving hero-worship for lifelong skiiing partner Jacob.
So is this an unrequited love story ? No , like a giant slalom, it veers here and there , always keeping its central theme elusive.
We’re never fully told what happened at the end of a rare night’s drinking for this dedicated sportsman. But it’s enough to turn his fragile , obsessive world upside down as if he were the tumbling victim of an avalanche .
In a lockdown time of mental anguish for many, this small play opens the windows to a sense of loss, longing and isolation that is disturbing but beautiful to behold.
Avalanche is available on demand to stream until 7 February –