The Funfair - Modern Plays (Paperback)
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The Funfair - Modern Plays (Paperback)

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Paperback 80 Pages / Published: 14/05/2015
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I kept telling myself I wanted something more out of my life, something brighter. I had all these ideas in my head. Thing is, I had to go down so low just to try to lift my life up a little bit higher. Simon Stephens's exciting new adaptation of the twentieth-century classic Kasimir and Karoline is a dark, political and hilarious play that sets two young lovers in the throes of a break-up against the hypnotic whirl and bright lights of a funfair. The Funfair takes us on a ride through the loops, dips and highs of one night at a fairground, exploring a crisis of capitalism set to the soundtrack of a rock and roll love song. The play received its world premiere at Manchester's Home Theatre on 14 May 2015 and was the theatre's first-ever production.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474265843
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 76 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 4 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Its gaudy despair . . . is true, disturbing and wide-reaching * Guardian *
At every turn, The Funfair subverts your liberal prejudices * Whatsonstage *
Stephens' reworking is local and immediate. It translates the story of romantic disintegration and far-right politics at the 1929 Munich Oktoberfest into a violent, hedonistic night on the lash at a seedy Mancunian fairground today. . . . it seethes with rage at the obscene inequalities of wealth and power in our society and how they drive the dispossessed to turn on one another. * The Times *
with hints of an expressionist Woyzeck, the melancholy of a Chekhov play and some of the political clout of Edward Bond's Saved. . . . The era is both now and then. * Guardian *
Simon Stephens's angry version of Odon von Horvath's 1932 Kasimir and Karoline. . . . Stephens sees utter modernity in his tale of lovers breaking up as poverty and desperation render the world around them hostile. . . . a piece of dark, glittering fragments. . . . it's gaudy despair . . . is true, disturbing and wide-reaching. * Observer *
Stephens' script is excellent, peppered with bursting one-liners. And the nightmarish atmosphere of the fair, a metaphor for a society sick at its core, is powerfully evoked. Politically engaged and artistically bold - as reliant on surreal imagery as on dialogue * Financial Times *
Simon Stephens's latest work is an unflinching, highly political portrait of life at the bottom of the heap. * Mail on Sunday *

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