Festen

Adapted by DAVID ELDRIDGE

From the Dogme film by THOMAS VINTERBERG, MOGENS RUKOV and BO HR. HANSEN

A family secret is revealed – and blows a 60th birthday party apart

24-28 February 2009

CAST

HELGE | Craig Karpel
ELSE | Maggie Robson
CHRISTIAN | Panny Skrivanos
HELENE | Georgina Thompson
MICHAEL | Andy Marchant
METTE | Sarah Noll
HELMUT | Luke Simonds
POUL | Will Harrison-Wallace
GRANDFATHER | Bernie Doohan
GBATOKAI | Paul Watson
LARS | Mark Macey
PIA | Hannah Rousell
KIM | Mark Harrop

CREATIVE TEAM

DIRECTOR |Anne-Marie Leigh
DESIGNER | Bronia Kupczyk
PRODUCER | Rebecca Smith

The brilliance of Festen is that it completely undercuts and exposes our dependency on social niceties.... The success of Anne-Marie Leigh’s production of Festen at the Bridewell owes much to the simple elegance of Bronia Kupczyk’s set design. As Christian, Panny Skrivanos is a tall, brooding figure, though not an unkind one. He is...well-matched by Craig Karpel as Helge, a small, wiry man with a big smile and enormous charisma. The scene in which he calmly lists his son’s childhood crimes and history of mental instability is chilling both in its blitheness and the utter sincerity of Karpel’s delivery.

Extra Extra

Bridewell Theatre

  • Tuesday 24 February 2009 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 February 2009 7.30pm
  • Thursday 26 February 2009 7.30pm
  • Friday 27 February 2009 7.30pm
  • Saturday 28 February 2009 7.30pm