Urban Myth Theatre of Youth presents two dark and hilarious political satires on the nature of power and its corruptions by multi-award-winning Polish playwright, Slawomir Mrozek. The double-bill – Striptease directed by David Hirst (Associate Artist) and Out at Sea directed by Glenn Hayden (Artistic Director) – features a talented cast of Urban Myth’s senior members – and will be the finale piece of Urban Myth’s 30th Birthday season.
Playwright, Slawomir Mrozek is the winner of the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (the highest French national distinction), the Franz Kafka award and a host of other accolades celebrating his appeal both as a playwright and political philosopher.
“Most contemporary Westerners don't know what it means to not be free and so we take not just our freedoms for granted; but also the destiny and cockeyed optimism that, acknowledged or not, we believe to be our due as a result of all that righteous freedom.” Striptease finds an intellectual and an activist imprisoned in a room. One believes in inaction; the other is prepared to protest, no matter the cost. When a giant ‘hand’ forces them to strip, they elaborately rationalise their submission.
Out at Sea has three men, starving on a life raft. One is thin, one is medium, and one is fat. Guess which one becomes supper?
“Working on a Mrozek is like gazing into the source material of all our great political satirist playwrights of the past 50 to 60 years. He is one of Eastern Europe's most famous modern playwrights and it is quite baffling why he is not as well known here. This is clever, insightful and hysterical stuff that I have waited 15 years for the right cast to produce with” says Glenn Hayden, Artistic Director.
Venue: Goodwood Institute Theatre, 166a Goodwood Road, Unley Park
Season: 2, 3, 4 and 5 November at 7.30pm, 3 November at 11am and 5 November at 2pm
BOOKINGS: www.trybooking.com/VMB or 08 8272 3036
Tickets $20 Adults / $15 Concession