SCREAMING IN ADVANCE
A Festival of Rehearsed Readings
of New Plays by Howard Barker
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2013
‘In the darkest moments of their agony, they uttered in a new language, half-lewd, half-poetry…’
From Conversations with Hu by Chian H’si (circa 1380)
Following the success of Howard Barker’s Lot And His God at the Print Room, The Wrestling School presented this two-day festival with rehearsed readings of four new plays performed by members of the company, and Howard Barker and the company in discussion with the journalist Mark Brown.
The plays are linked by themes of self-definition, the meaning of nakedness, the collective death-wish, and grief for loss, elements in the finding of that tragic solitude that Barker has described as ‘the shapely act of separation…’
Friday 3 May CONCENTRATION
'Here they come, the liars… I killed one, one liar, only one, still, one…'
A play of neurotic intensity which puts Barker's most poetic form at the service of a play whose protagonists are lovers of contrasting ages and murderous ideals.
Directed by Howard Barker. Cast includes Nicholas Le Prevost and Victoria Wicks.
Friday 3 May IN THE DEPTHS OF DEAD LOVE
'And what is our attitude to suicide? We confine ourselves to matters of practicality. For example, should you wish to throw yourself into a well, ask first if the well is still in use, for certainly your corpse will contaminate the water…'
Chian H'si 'Conversations with Hu' (c.1380)
A fable of the Chinese feudal poet Chin, exiled to the remotest province and the proprietor of a bottomless well. Who may choose to die in this well, and for what reason, becomes his obsession...
Directed by Peter Kavanagh.
Saturday 4 May
DYING IN THE STREET
'I do not ask for happiness, nor to be free…'
The death-wish of an entire community is embodied by the inhabitants of a single street. Like Wedekind's Lulu, its main protagonist is an agent of destruction and despair, but unlike Wedekind's heroine she is a woman distinguished by her virginity and age.
Directed by Hannah Berrigan.
Saturday 4 May
'It is necessary, your perfection, as your fall is also necessary, both…'
Next year is the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. This intense chamber piece is a meditation on love and grief.
Directed by Gerrard McArthur.
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