Needles and Opium


Needles and Opium

07 Jul 2016 - 16 Jul 2016

£16.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
8 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

In 1949, French writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau returns from New York full of wonder and disenchantment while the American musician Miles Davis visits Paris, bringing bebop to the old continent and making new fans.

Forty years on, a lonely actor tries to forget his former lover, his torment echoing the dependency both artists had on drugs.

During a hypnotic series of vignettes played out within an ingeniously tilting cube, the three characters float and slide through time and space, from a Parisian hotel room to New York streets. Filmic projections, a jazz soundtrack and poetic performances by two actors complete Robert Lepage’s production, first conceived early in his career and reimagined today with his trademark blend of seductive storytelling and visual transformation.

Spellbinding technical wizardry illuminates a multilayered tale of heartbreak as  takes inspiration from the lives of Cocteau and Davis to explore addiction, disorientation and the creative drive.

Performed in English and some French, with accompanying English surtitles

Ages 14+


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“Dazzling... Looks sensational... A rich tapestry of thought and feeling, a masterpiece conjured by this wizard of theatre. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Remains visually gobsmacking... Shot through with pain, fractured egos and self-conscious cool.... Dazzling. ”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“Technically dazzling and intricate exploration of art, addiction and heartbreak... Robert played with dry charm by Lebreche. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Cultural history blends with a study of the addiction of love laced with wry humour... A symphony of loneliness and loss. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Impressionistic but tightly controlled... Technologically brilliant... Hypnotic, ingenious and finally very moving. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Mordantly funny, multimedia magic-carpet ride spins the head more than it snags the heart. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Breakthrough work... reinvigorated... Labrèche is an actor of such perfect control his performance seems utterly effortless. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Stunningly reconstituted and choreographed show... The wonderful Labrèche compels... Robertson plays Miles Davies with verve. ”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

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