Six Characters in Search of an Author
Drama

Barbican

Six Characters in Search of an Author

04 Feb 2015 - 07 Feb 2015

£16.00 - £38.00

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Pirandello’s Nobel Prize-winning play takes on a disturbing immediacy in the hands of innovative French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and his world-class ensemble.

Interrupting a theatre company in the midst of rehearsals, a dysfunctional family makes the strangest of claims: they are unfinished characters in need of a new author who will complete their story, freeing them from eternal limbo. Intrigued, the director agrees to turn their troubling tale into a drama but as a performance of sorts unfolds, actors and characters, reality and illusion, soon collide.

This dream-like production releases the mystery, chaos and darkness at the heart of Pirandello’s absurdist classic. The 14-strong cast brings a fiery dynamism to the surreal interplay between two tribes of hopelessly divided human beings.

A young director who infuses his work with ‘a rare mastery’ (Télérama), Demarcy-Mota presented another absurdist play, Ionesco’s Rhinocéros, to sold-out houses here in 2013.

‘An unmissable moment of theatre’ Le Monde (France)

1 hour 50 mins/no interval

Age guidance 14+ (contains nudity)

Barbican [Off West End]

“This striking French production of Pirandello’s play shows how a classic can be reimagined without being subverted”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Fluid ensemble and design create an uncanny world in Pirandello's truth-versus-artifice drama”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“In less than expert hands, the emotive postmodernism of Luigi Pirandello’s play can seem dismissably tricksy.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“A mesmerising meditation on illusion and reality”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

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