A HOUSE OF CORRECTION
CRISIS - THE OBJECT OF DESIRE
The efforts of society are directed to the elimination of the crisis but the psyche of the individual craves a crisis. This paradox can never be resolved. It is the secret tension at the heart of all social order
FATE, CHOICE, INEVITABILITY
As the crisis unfolds it oscillates between causality and randomness... as the characters grasp at significance, meaning slips between their fingers. Whatever purported to be evidence is chimera... this is the reverse of the detective story, which contains an immaculate truth, a solution .... the longing for enlightenment is here seen to be a desperate and punishing misapprehension... everything takes the characters to a destiny, but whether this destiny is willed, a collusion, or an accident, defies analysis. All that is left to them is an emotional perfection, a sublime arrival.....
Howard Barker September 2001
have developed the aptitude for crisis when the crisis has yet to materialise.
Never mind. When the crisis does arrive how much more prepared I'll be.
The crisis is just another
pretext for you to talk about yourself.
The crisis will certainly
dispose of me and that I daresay is its purpose
Supported by the Arts
Council of England.
Presented in association with the Gardner Arts Centre.