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30 August 2012
Save Me is a new play by Caroline af Petersens, the psychoanalyst, philosophy lecturer, kick-boxer.
Just as the world goes Gatsby-crazy with F. Scott Fitzgerald coming out of copyright, Spilt Milk Theatre premieres Save Me - a never-before seen play, filled with romanticism and ruin, which introduces audiences to the woman behind the man, behind Gatsby.
The play explores the relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald and his astonishing wife, Zelda. In contrast to many of the Fitzgerald and Gatsby influenced pieces currently out, Save Me places equal, if not greater focus on Zelda's experience of the world and how their passion-fuelled relationship affected both her husband's writing and her own mental state.
Told through a series of non-linear vignettes, the play documents the Fitzgerald’s literary triumphs and personal tragedies. A mixture of music, video production and live performance takes the audience on an enticing journey through the fashionably opulent 20s; an era when nothing was done in moderation.
The action of the play is based around real people and events. As Zelda struggles to find her artistic identity in the shadow of her husband's success, her behaviour becomes more erratic and we are privy to the psychological traumas which saw her repeatedly institutionalised during the last fifteen years of her life.
Scott's drinking escalates out of control and threatens not only his relationship with Zelda but also his reputation as a writer and his ability to look after their young daughter, Scottie. Celebrating the intense love that both nourishes and destroys them, Save Me blurs fiction with reality through the hazy decadence of the Fitzgeralds' lives.Listings
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