Blowfish Theatre to Present QUARTET, May 12-21
Blowfish Theatre Company presents QUARTET by Heiner Muller, playing the 12th, 13th, 20th 21st, May at 9pm (and lasting for 1 hour) at The Latest Bar, 14-17 Manchester St, Brighton BN2 1TF. Call 01273 687171 or visit www.thelatest.co.uk for tickets and more information. Tickets £9 (£7 Conc).
A rarely performed masterpiece of sinister and subversive theatre by the East German playwright whose reputation is second only to Brecht in German Theatre of the 20th century. Nineteen years after his untimely death and twenty-five since the fall of the Berlin wall, his legacy is reassessed in this hair-raisingly funny and shocking revival.
Set simultaneously in both a pre-revolutionary Parisien Salon and a post World War Three bunker, the two vicious leads of De Laclos' classic: DANGEROUS LIASONS, Merteuil and Valmont, circle each other probing for weaknesses. Denied external prey, they must devour themselves.
Eloquent and disturbing, sophisticated and depraved, a dissection of selfishness, decadence and heartless seduction.
It is both sexy and horrifying.
The Observer review of this production at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh said: "Muller's treatment of the two cynical seducers of innocence, Merteuil and Valmont, is amazingly modern. You have the feeling that even cannibalism could be part of the ultimate scenario. On one level the text sounds like a PHD thesis compiled from steamy letters to Forum. On another it is an eloquent poetic examination of moral ambiguity."
Featuring Josephine Lloyd-Welcome: with a wealth of stage experience at the National Theatre, Bristol Express, Northampton Theatre Royal, Young Vic Studio, Nuffield Southampton, Sheffield Crucible, Derby Playhouse, the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Clara in THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS National tour including Glasgow Tramway and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Films include: THE CUT, A SECRET SLAVE, A DRY WHITE SEASON. T.V. includes: NOT GOING OUT, IDEAL, CORONATION STREET, CASUALTY, THE BILL, EASTENDERS, MORSE, ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES, CHILDRENS WARD, AGONY, PORK PIE and the unforgettable Miss Hasan in TENKO.
Nick Bartlett: previous Brighton Fringe appearances include; Jerry in BUG, Jack Carter in GET CARTER and Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Other theatre includes Hamlet in HAMLET (Oval House), Bamforth in THE LONG, THE SHORT AND THE TALL (Albery Th), Mike in EAST (Leicester Haymarket), Miguel in THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (National Tour), Himmlischt in MEIN KAMPF FARCE (Traverse Th). Films include: WORLD WAR Z, GANGS OF NEW YORK, LONDON BOULEVARD, 51ST STATE, ZEBRA CROSSING, I.D., TOPSY TURVY, THE PENALTY KING, EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION, CUTTHROAT ISLAND and, yet to be released, GUTTERSNIPES. TV includes: BLACK MIRROR, EASTENDERS, CALL THE MIDWIFE, CASUALTY, THE BILL, LONDON'S BURNING, LONDYNCZYCH, TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION, HUNTER, DERREN BROWN, HEARTBEAT, AS TIME GOES BY, TIPPING THE VELVET and SIR GADABOUT.
Directed by Alastair Cording, actor (SKINS, FALLEN ANGEL, COLD WAR, THE BILL, BOMBAY BLUE, EASTENDERS, BAD BOYS, ROUGHNECKS, TAGGART, LOVEJOY, ALIENS and HELP) and acclaimed playwright (SUNSET SONG, CLOUD HOWE, GREY GRANITE, DAVID COPPERFIELD, NO NAME, MRS O'S SATURDAY NIGHTS, MARGARET CATCHPOLE, FATALE, THE WALSINGHAM ORGAN and MARGARET DOWN UNDER).
With specially composed music by Ric Lloyd.
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