Gormenghast
by Mervyn Peake; adapted for the stage by John Constable
26 February-2 March 2013



A vast field of stones.
The Tower of Flints.
Tradition and Ritual.
No change.
A new Earl is born.
A kitchen boy.
Seduction.
Murder.
Conspiracy.
Treason.
An inferno.
A flood.

Mervyn Peake’s classically dark trilogy of political fantasy with a heavy dose of monstrous satire was adapted by John Constable in 1992 and was brought to life by the David Glass Ensemble.

The novels are densely packed with intricate interweaving’s of larger than life characters, and details of deformed yet familiar aspects of life around us. To fit into a two hour play the tone and spirit of these books is an amazing feat, and a fantastically challenging opportunity.

Using physical performance, a minimalist approach, choral work, ensemble work, puppetry, lighting, sound, and keeping in touch with the essence of Peake’s novels, Gormenghast will provide a great opportunity to embrace all kinds of performance and performers.

Gormenghast begins with a birth. Titus, 77th Earl of Groan is born, and throughout Gormenghast Castle, everyone is jubilant, with the exception of one high dangerously imaginative kitchen boy called Steerpike. John Constable’s adaptation takes the vast trilogy of novels and lets the youth in revolt uprising present in the book come to the forefront. In a city proudly proclaiming “No Change” and steeping itself in tradition and ritual, the young Titus and Steerpike make rival defiance to their world. One rises through the class structure with ruthless cunning. One fights against the roles he is assumed to take. One moves with seduction, murder and arson. The other is a hot-headed and dangerous rebel.

What happens when the immovable object of iron clad tradition and rock-like ritual meets the unstoppable force of defiant youth with a savage hunger for change?



Cast
Alexandra Collins – the Thing
Benjamin Smith – Flay
Chris Dascalopoulos – Chorus
Dawn Williams – Cora/Clarice
Emily Porritt – Fuchsia
Franki Georghiou – Chorus
Gerry Skeens – the Countess
John Chapman – Swelter
Louisa Shindle – Clarice/Cora
Matt Matravers – Chorus
Myles Dobson – Titus Groan
Sara Rajeswaran – Chorus
Sarah Heenan – Barquentine
Seb Revell – Steerpike
Simon Hill – Sepulchrave
Stephen Russell – Doctor Prunesquallor

Director: Andy Marchant
Producer: Matthew Hudson

Gormenghast, by Mervyn Peake; adapted for the stage by John Constable
The Bridewell Theatre
Bride Lane Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ

26 February-2 March 2013 at 7.30pm, Saturday matinée at 2.30pm

Tickets: £12.50 (concessions £10) unless otherwise stated, see below for special performances. Cash only on the door.


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Charity Night, Wednesday 27 February, 7.30pm
50% of all ticket sales go to the Sedos Charity of the Year.

Gala Night, Friday 1 March, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 (£12.50 concessions). Ticket includes a glassof fizz and a programme.


Concession: Sedos members, children, students with valid identification, registered disabled and registered unemployed unless otherwise stated, for example Gala Nights.

Ticket Collection
Tickets will be available for you to collect from the Box Office on the night of the performance. They will not be posted out to you. Seats at the Bridewell Theatre are unreserved. Latecomers will only be admitted at the discretion of Sedos. Any audience members arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted until the interval.


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