Fall of Man
June - July 2010 at Bristol's Tobacco Factory, The Brewhouse
Taunton and Lincoln's Drillhall Arts Centre
Hot Show * * * * Edinburgh 2009: "The Fall of Man is full of beautifully
detailed observations. A brooding intensity is prevalent throughout...
compellingly urgent performances... The poetic imagery of Milton's
classic is dynamically juxtaposed against the work of contemporary
writer Jonathan Holloway, who captures his two characters through
beautifully observed and stylistically distinctive dialogue.
The chemistry... is at times electrifying, with repressed sexual
tension building up to an explosive conclusion. Red Shift are
a terrific company... a tribute to the kind of fleeting passions
that make life worth living."
The Guardian: "It is not the way that the tale pans
out to its eventual and inevitable sordid end that matters, so
much as the way the story is told. Working with only a bed, three
simple lights and Sarah Llewellyn's insistent soundscape, the
production creates an intense intimacy that implicates its audience;
you feel slightly soiled watching it. It also boasts two assured
and brave performances."
Weeks: * * * * "A
bold, impressively performed production that endows a difficult
literary work with graphic contemporary resonance." One4review.com: * * * *
the intimate space, barely lit by small domestic light bulbs,
good performances are drawn from both performers in this strong
hard hitting performance" Metro: * * * * "Casting the audience as culpable voyeurs
by having us cluster round their bed, this is a branding iron
of sex and guilt." EdinburghGuide.com:
* * * *
"This is a superbly inventive and beautifully adapted piece
that grips the audience in a vice and refuses to let them escape."
Red Shift Theatre Company
FALL OF MAN
Script Jonathan Holloway and John Milton
Direction Graeme Rose & Jonathan Holloway
Music and Sound
Design Sarah Llewellyn
Slovenian nanny Veronica
is visited in the early hours by Peter - father of the children
she nannies. Meanwhile Satan, bent on carnage, tears streaming
down his face, rushes through the dark void. Lit by a single
bulb, the affair disintegrates, spiralling beyond its authors'
control. The audience huddle around Veronica's bed sharing rich
words and surprising images, explicit and familiar. The flinty
light of urban dawn illuminates the wreckage.
No strangers to pillage,
Red Shift have again chosen one of the greats - Milton's Paradise
Lost - and use it as a lens through which to magnify the intense,
guilt-ridden antics of human beings unable to keep their hands
off one-another, despite the awful fall-out they know will come.
Jonathan Holloway offers left-field story-telling founded in
character and text. Graeme Rose skirmishes back and forth between
theatre and live art.
Since its first Edinburgh Festival appearance in 1983, Red Shift
has become an established favourite throughout the UK. Not seen
in Edinburgh since the company's hugely popular GET CARTER (2006)
won superb reviews, repeated critic's choice recommendations
and played to full houses, THE FALL OF MAN revealed an entirely
new phase in the company's creative life. Founder Jonathan Holloway
and live art practitioner Graeme Rose brought their flair to
an entirely new, site-sensitive, intense style of theatre whose
adult nature queries assumptions about the actor-audience relationship.
This is innovative work perfectly calibrated to suit an enquiring
Red Shift works with
School of Speech and Drama Centre
for Excellence in Theatre Training.