BA Physical Theatre presents:
Written by Eugène Ionesco
Translated by Donald Watson
Directed by Montse Gili
Set in a small bourgeois town suddenly beset by a mystery plague, with the dead bodies piling up at a frightening pace, how will the inhabitants of the town react to the madness? Ionesco’s Jeux de Massacre takes a startlingly funny look at the chaos, paranoia and insanity that the city descends into. Is it a government conspiracy? The result of squalor and unhealthy living? God’s revenge? Or something else entirely…?
Eugène Ionesco was one of the foremost figures of French avant-garde theatre in the 20th century, contributing to the beginning of the Theatre of the Absurd, and instigating a revolution in new ideas and drama techniques. Written in 1974, Jeux de Massacre is one of Ionesco’s later plays, translated in English both as The Killing Game and Here comes a Chopper, in which the theme of a mysterious disease that decimates the community is used as a metaphor for society itself; an absurd game of death, self-deception and folly. Given the global spread of COVID-19, this work takes on an entire, all too familiar, new layer.
PRODUCTION INFO: This show is 120 mins long with a 15min interval.
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