“ ‘Shadows, dreams, they're all around us, they're everywhere!’
“Franzis Gruber, a lowly bureaucrat, lives a neat and ordered life in a sleepy, provincial German town. When a travelling fair arrives, full of clowns, freaks, magicians and sleepwalkers, it drags Franzis into a series of nightmarish murders – spinning dreams into reality, the imagined into truth and order into chaos.
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is one of the most influential films of all time: a box office smash in 1920, it came to define cinematic Expressionism and inspire Film Noir. Torn from the screen, simple8 transforms the film into a fast, frenzied fairground sideshow with a ‘pungently evocative and blackly amusing master-class in the art of poor theatre’.” – from the Arcola website
“Thankfully, theatre company Simple8 haven’t tried to replicate the film for the stage. Instead, they’ve taken an essence of the original and crafted it, rather wonderfully, into a kind of mirror image. ... Sebastian Armesto and Dudley Hinton have adapted the original with admirable confidence, bringing out a lightness and humour in the production, while still ensuring the story retains its original sense of confusion and unease. There’s upbeat music and humorous one-liners alongside an inventive use of lighting to create ominous shadows.” – from the Telegraph review.
“The adaptation, by directors Sebastian Armesto and Dudley Hinton, is brash and irreverent, full of witty one-liners and surreal turns of phrase. There are standout performances from Joseph Kloska as Franzis and Christopher Doyle as both somnambulist Cesare and ‘father of the fair’ Hermann, but the entire cast impresses, and they perform a klezmer-inflected live score that complements the tatty penny-gaffe visuals. If there’s such a thing as a ‘Caligari’ purist, this may not be their bag, for everyone else it’s an irresistibly fun interpretation: a haunted accordion of a show that sways and wheezes with its own demented energy.” – from the Time Out review.
Tickets are available from the Arcola website. Seating is unallocated, so please book your own tickets.
I would be grateful if all members can contribute £1 on arrival on the evening (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks very much in advance.
I plan to stay on for a drink after the performance at the Arcola theatre bar. Please let me know if you'd like to join me.