3 November 2010
Three plays all on for a three week run. Lorca is Dead, written and directed by Dominic J Allen 7.30pm: The melting clock on the wall has just struck 19:36AD. The poet Federico Garcia Lorca is dead and gone.
Following a critically acclaimed and sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Belt Up Theatre present a world where anything goes; a world trapped in limbo between two world wars; a world where social norms have become defunct; a world that gave birth to the Surrealists.
It’s Paris, 19-something or something (time is a construct anyway) and the world famous group of Surrealists have gathered together to further their research. But the world outside is changing: Europe is on the brink of self-destruction and, far away on the Vega, one of their prophets, Lorca, is facing execution.
Atrium by James Wilkes 9.30pm. A meta-theatrical play within a play within a comedy within a tragedy within a book within someone’s imagination.
Direct from a sell out and critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh fringe festival, Atrium tells the story of one man’s refusal to conform to a common perspective of the world. He imagines his family in ridiculous outfits for his own amusement. He conjures up bizarre scenarios of sex and violence.
He constantly pictures himself sat in front of an audience. That audience will be whoever comes through the door to see this viciously dark comedy: one man’s isolation from the normal ways of the world. As he sits down to write his memoirs – under duress – he sees an opportunity to carve a life story that owes more to fiction than fact.
Quasimodo by Jethro Compton 9.45pm: Hide your face amongst the Paris underworld and peek out to see a city of desolation.
Venture deep into the labyrinthine caverns of Southwark Playhouse to discover the dark heart of the Parisian underworld. Here you will witness the blind man open his eyes to gaze upon his wealth, the lame man throw down his cane to dance in celebration of his riches and the leper peel back his bandages to unveil the splendour of his affluence. You too are encouraged to take part in the festivities of the feast of fools though no matter how hard you gurn or grimace, it is unlikely that you will ever match the ugliness of Quasimodo, the king of fools.
Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, (Corner of Bermondsey Street and Tooley Street) London SE1 2TF 9th November to 27th November
Box Office: 020 7407 0234 ~ www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
£8, £13, £18
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