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Launch: Treatment by Adrian Bridget
2nd August 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join us for the launch of Treatment, the debut novel by London-based writer Adrian Bridget. The event will feature a reading of an unpublished text by the author. The book will be available for purchase on the night for the first time.
‘A parody of a mouth: say, a mouth-theatre, say it.’
Operating on the peripheries of a pathological discourse, Treatment penetrates the interstices of modern queer consciousness to medicate a multiheaded body of work. With no cure in sight, the text moves from violence, cowboys, iconography, illness and image to the death of Yves Klein and a fear of dentistry. Bridget’s reflections pose a dissection of novelistic cliché that attends to the repressed remnants of a queer romance. Played out in an interpersonal run of vignettes or “treatments,” rather than any death of the novel Treatment propositions a mischievous and travestying performance anchored in putrefaction. A serious play with the decay of forms, Treatment is a rendered reading of our ability to talk through the process of degradation and an ironized analysis of the desire to write it down.
In Bridget’s “mouth-theatre” sit Allan and Allen—two precarious, spectral characters set against an eerie backdrop of clinical isolation. Framed by a nameless narrator, these mirrored figures undergo forty text-treatments across four artificially generated days that survey their feelings of angst, adulation and disorientation against the slow tick of a clock. A mash-up of love story, pornography, art criticism, literary appropriation, and essayistic meditation, Treatment pushes an anatomical body to its limits in a parodic portrayal of a mouth on the hunt for a tongue and its teeth.
‘I imagine Adrian’s book as a building. I imagine Adrian’s identification of a trap. I imagine Adrian’s efforts to medicate a sense of something. But all I can see is his advocation of our need to burn down the theatre the book has built around itself.’
— Dominic Jaeckle
ADRIAN BRIDGET is a writer and publisher. In recent years he has taught at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, and had his work read and performed in the UK and The Netherlands. Bridget is the author of the collection TEXTS THAT SHOULDN’T BE READ OUT LOUD. Treatment is his first novel. He lives and works in London.