Pirandello’s Nobel Prize-winning play takes on a disturbing immediacy in the hands of innovative French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and his world-class ensemble.
Interrupting a theatre company in the midst of rehearsals, a dysfunctional family makes the strangest of claims: they are unfinished characters in need of a new author who will complete their story, freeing them from eternal limbo. Intrigued, the director agrees to turn their troubling tale into a drama but as a performance of sorts unfolds, actors and characters, reality and illusion, soon collide.
This dream-like production releases the mystery, chaos and darkness at the heart of Pirandello’s absurdist classic. The 14-strong cast brings a fiery dynamism to the surreal interplay between two tribes of hopelessly divided human beings.
A young director who infuses his work with ‘a rare mastery’ (Télérama), Demarcy-Mota presented another absurdist play, Ionesco’s Rhinocéros, to sold-out houses here in 2013.
‘An unmissable moment of theatre’Le Monde (France)
1 hour 50 mins/no interval
Age guidance 14+ (contains nudity)
Performed in French with English surtitles
5 Feb Post-show talk with Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and members of the company Free to same-day ticket holders
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