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Black Comedy & After Miss Julie (2015)

Oct 17th to 24th 2015

Written by Peter Shaffer & Patrick Marber

Directed by John Ruscoe

In one hilarious act, the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; but when the lights are supposed to be on, the stage is actually in the dark. Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objets d'art "borrowed" from the absent antique collector next door hoping to impress his fiancee's pompous father and a wealthy art dealer, Bamberger. The fussy neighbour, Harold Gorringe returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed teetering on the verge of very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.

Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie is not a translation of Strindberg's classic Miss Julie but a version of it, moving the action from the original 19th century Sweden to the England of 1945. Class suspicions and resentments, the erotic collusion of antagonists, the struggle against repressive social mores - all feature in this sharp, tense drama which combines Strindberg's original vision with Patrick Marber's own consummate skill in drawing believable and psychologically astute characters whose every word has point and deadly meaning.