Living Record presents Creditors by Neil Smith – After Strindberg
Tuesday 24th March to Saturday 11th April with Press Night on Thursday 26th March at 7.45pm
My soul is leaving me…
A glass door revolves in the entrance to a deserted hotel lobby. Waiting for his wife to return, a young man forges a bond with another guest. But his new companion hides a dark agenda that threatens to expose all three to the true cost of giving your heart wholly to another.
Neil Smith’s new version of Strindberg’s Creditors reveals how much of ourselves we owe to our past, how much of ourselves we are willing to lose, and how suddenly old debts can come back to haunt us. …Then I will give you mine to replace it.
August Strindberg (22 January 1849 – 14 May 1912) – dramatist, novelist, painter, essayist – was above all one of the most radical innovators of Western theatre, whose exceptionally diverse dramatic output embodied a quintessentially modernist sensibility. Labelled by Eugene O’Neill ‘the most modern of moderns’, Strindberg has had a decisively prophetic influence on 20th and 21st century drama. Perhaps best known for Miss Julie, his portrayal of the conflict between sex and class, his works are all masterpieces of psychological naturalism such as we find in Creditors.
Writer Neil Smith is the artistic director of Crucial Theatre and the Co-Artistic Director of Opera Room Productions. His director training has included: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène-Estienne; Max Stafford Clarke; Melly Still; Declan Donnellan; Bella Merlin;Ian Rickson; Irina Brown; Adrian Noble; Paul Allain; Cheek by Jowl; Frantic Assembly; Paule Constable; Katie Mitchell; Richard Schechner; Benedict Andrews; Sacha Wares; Joe Hill Gibbons. He now divides his time between writing plays, developing and directing plays and directing new operas.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
The production by Living Record, whose founding members are long-term collaborators Ross Drury (Artistic Director) and Jill Rutland (Creative Producer). The pair initially came together in Brighton in 2010 as an investigation into the relationship between text-based realism and contemporary performance. In their renewed partnership they aim to make a type of theatre that is part magic, part realism, wholly and unapologetically theatrical.