Date/Time: 29 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade
By Peter Weiss, English version by Geoffrey Skelton, Verse Adaptation by Adrian Mitchell
Devised by John Bashford, Gavin Robins and the Marat/Sade Company
Directed by John Bashford and Gavin Robins
‘The important thing is to pull yourself up by your own hair.’
Peter Weiss’s play was written in German and first staged by Peter Brook in 1963. The story centres on the murder of the French revolutionary radical Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday. In telling the story from the perspective of the Marquis De Sade and the inmates of the Charenton Asylum, Weiss constructed a play that through its use of various theatrical forms asks questions of the audience as opposed to providing answers. In the words of Marat, the audience is challenged: ‘To turn yourself inside out and see the whole world’.
8pm, 29, 30 and 31 October and 1, 2, 4 and 5 November
1pm, 31 October and 2 and 4 November
Approximate run time: 2.5 hours, including interval
Please note this production includes disturbing imagery, sexual references, loud music, simulated violence, revolutionary precepts, and lounge music.