The Fall of Man

Performances June - July 2010 at Bristol's Tobacco Factory, The Brewhouse Taunton and Lincoln's Drillhall Arts Centre

The Scotsman's 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."

Three Weeks: * * * * "A bold, impressively performed production that endows a difficult literary work with graphic contemporary resonance." * * * * "In 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." * * * * "This is a superbly inventive and beautifully adapted piece that grips the audience in a vice and refuses to let them escape."

Press Release: Summer 2010
Red Shift Theatre Company
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 contemporary audience.


Red Shift works with The Central School of Speech and Drama Centre for Excellence in Theatre Training.