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Tragi-comedy of terrorism play

A CONTROVERSIAL and sensitive subject is the theme for a mini-season at the Crescent Theatre in Brindleyplace.

A CONTROVERSIAL and sensitive subject is the theme for a mini-season at the Crescent Theatre in Brindleyplace.

A trio of plays tackling ‘terrorism’ is currently ongoing. Following Lukas Barfuss’ The Bus, the second of the trio of productions is Terrorism by The Presnyakov Brothers.

The dark comedy’s premise is explained by director Graeme Allen.

“Three suitcases are left on an airport runway. It is an imagined threat that sets up a catastrophic chain reaction of events.

“The Passenger – the only character that the play follows – believes that those suitcases and the subsequent closing of the airport don’t concern him. The play, though, shows how we’re all connected and that we can’t escape that connection, even if we try.”

Despite the modern subject, the play follows a tradition of combining tragedy with humour.

“My favourite plays are ones that mix entertainment with poignancy or comedy with tragedy,” Graeme says. “‘Terrorism’ has been described as a comedy but I believe it is more than that.

“In the same way that Pinter’s brutal world of The Caretaker and Homecoming can be hilarious; The Presnyakov Brothers have given us a play where we’re not quire sure from one moment to the next if laughter or tears are the correct reaction.”

The play runs from March 20 - 28. Tickets available from 0121 643 5858 or go to www.crescent-theatre.co.uk, where more info from about the mini-season can be viewed.

 

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