April 30th – May 18th, Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter
The new full length verse play, Lucifer by Peter Oswald is the centrepiece of the Roving Theatre Poetry Festival.
Peter Oswald was writer-in-residence at the Skakespeare Globe. His new play uses physical comedy, circus skills and miming, live gypsy music as well as tragic and extravagant poetic language to tell the story of a guilt ridden ex army chaplain.
Lucian Willow is the chaplain who lost his memory in the ruins of Berlin in 1945. He is looked after on a country estate by Lord Brook, his former commander. Lucian carries the guilt for a crime he has forgotten, and Brook keeps trying to make him remember. Brook suffers terribly from depression and invites a circus to his estate to cheer him up. But when the circus arrives, all hell breaks loose…
The play is performed by the Abyss Theatre Company. www.the-abysss.co.uk
The Roving Poetry Festival is supported by Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for theatre poetry. During the 3 week period a program of performances, workshops and panel discussions with the aim of bringing the worlds of poetry and theatre together, will take plae. 26 celebrated and award winning guest poets including Matt Harvey, Alice Oswald, Exeter Grand Bard Jackie Juno and Exeter bard Simon Williams will perform. Workshops in circus skills will be led by company member Robert Elford, aka the Electric Jester and performance workshops led by international actress Josephine Larsen.
The festival will rove on to the South devon Arts centre, Totnes on June 2nd.
Tickets and performance dates from www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk £10.00 (£7.00 concessions) 7.00 p.m. pre play poetry reading. Play starts at 7.30 p.m.