Now…politicians boast of being plumbers not architects…Everything is a problem, and we solve it…Nothing is decided in advance, because nothing is believed in advance…That’s how we get things done. The containable life.’
David Hare’s profound and unsettling play is centred on a strange triangular relationship that arises between the mysterious Victor Quinn, ex-communist now computer software mogul; Paul, the talented young writer struggling with alcoholism who becomes his protégé, and Victor’s wife Elsa, herself tenuously clinging to a life free of addiction.
Through Hare’s elegantly crafted dialogue and ability ‘unmatched by any contemporary playwright’ to marry the personal and the political, we are plunged with Paul into a kind of erotic nightmare in which reason for living are challenged and notions of self are put under terrifying yet thrilling strain.
Following the success of The Judas Kiss, we were very happy to continue our relationship with David Hare, one of the world’s greatest living dramatists, by presenting the Australian Premiere of this work.
By David Hare
Director Neil Armfield
Designer Brian Thomson
Lighting Designer Rory Dempster
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Composer Alan John
Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Sound Assistant Jeremy Silver
Assistant Director Laurisa Poulos
Production images by Heidrun Lohr