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Contemporary Text Productions 2018

Our MACCT students are bringing four contemporary shows to the stage which are packed with drama.

Find out more about the shows below, tickets can be booked at our box office or online.

Multi buy offer

Book two or more shows and you’ll receive 50% off, we hope to see you there!

Tiny Dynamite

31 July – 1 August

Lucien and Anthony are connected by one miraculous childhood experience, one experience of great loss, and one ritually observed annual summer holiday. This year a submerged past will resurface in the present when a girl named Madeleine befriends them for the summer. The two friends must learn the shape grief cuts into us, the value of taking risks, and the importance and power of human connection.

 

Splendour

3 – 4 August

In an ornate drawing room of a magnificent estate, a photojournalist waits for her subject: a brutal dictator. She is left to pass the time with the dictator’s wife as chilli vodka flows and clocks tick. A phone rings unanswered and fireworks echo in the distance. Or is that the sound of gunshots?

 

The Arsonists

7 – 8 August

“If you were insensitive, you wouldn’t be offering me a bed for the night, now would you?”

Fires are starting all over the city. No one knows who is starting them. Biedermann, a respected member of the community, welcomes two gentlemen that are down on their luck into his house. When he discovers that his attic is filled up with petrol drums, he is determined to prove that humans are naturally good. Max Frisch’s contemporary translation by Alistair Beaton is a parable about handing over power to those who can destroy us.

“Frisch’s theme, as Alistair Beaton’s sharp new translation makes clear, is bourgeois guilt … compact, well-characterised and easily applicable to today’s world … a timeless political satire.” – Michael Billington, Guardian

 

The Fall of Europe

10 – 11 August

The opening of Hotel Europe. Food. Drinks. Music. Laughing. Talking. Shouting. But only for the invited. There’s no place for outsiders. Unless they can be used for entertainment.

A contemporary play by Slovenian playwright Matjaž Zupančič raises questions of intergroup dynamics and the influence the social identity has on our attitude towards other groups. Especially in a divided and terrified 21st century Europe. We are presented with a group of elite and wealthy people and an outsider that personifies all the powerless and ignored minorities in the modern world. What are the consequences when the 1% drop their masks and individuals lose the sense of being responsible for their actions?