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The audience sits within a prison cell. There is only one door and it is locked. A prisoner - who has entered just as we have, seems condemned for no reason, really, except chance. Possibly because he is the type to carry a yo-yo in his pocket that has no proper purpose. The prisoner is visited by his lawyer. The jailer. His lover. But there is nothing really to be said - all there is is the coming execution. The walls of the cell crumble, the prison remains. And ultimately, there is only death.
And so the days passed. The results are before you. We grew to love each other and the structure of his soul is as well known to me as the structure of his neck. Thus it will not be an unfamiliar, terrible somebody, but a tender friend that will help him mount the crimson steps, and he will surrender himself to me without fear. Forever. For death. Let the will of the public be carried out!
(The executioner in Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading)
A very special and at times shocking piece - always brilliantly executed.
(Time Out Critics' Choice - Original Production)
Crafted so exquisitely it becomes high art… Eerie and hysterical.
A show of elegant convulsions such as this is only possible through dizzyingly complex and virtuosic dramaturgy. Comic acting of the most intense refinement.
(Chris Goode on Twitter)
The brilliant performances and rich onslaught of surprising and entertaining images are more than enough to keep us enthralled.