28 July to 15 August 2015

Blue Rider Group presents a Samuel Beckett and Václav Havel double bill.

Catastrophe by Samuel Beckett

CATASTROPHE sees a theatre director and his assistant arranging a protagonist, who stands on a square plinth, bare-footed, his head bowed – submitting to their direction. This Havel-like captive, silently wills the audience into an awareness of his predicament…

Private View by Václav Havel

Invited over for drinks by his friends, Ferdinand tries to enthuse over Michael and Vera’s newly refurbished flat. But as the couple express the perfection of their marriage and lifestyle, the tone develops into a personal attack on him, his home, his wife and his work as a writer. As the abuse builds to a climax, he tries to leave…

Both plays are dark, tense and in parts cruelly funny.

Private View was first performed by Blue Rider Group as part of the RADA Festival, 2014.

Catastrophe, was written in 1982, and dedicated to Václav Havel, then a political prisoner in Czechoslovakia, serving a four and a half year sentence for ‘subversive activities’.

We believe this is the first time these plays have been presented as a double bill. [Read More]

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Posted by:Rhys Tranter

Rhys Tranter is a writer and photographer who specialises in twentieth-century and contemporary culture. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and a number of books and periodicals.

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