Following a critically acclaimed development season at the Kings Head Theatre, The Soul of Wittgenstein is at the Omnibus Theatre for a 3-week run to headline the 96 Festival.
1941. Guy’s Hospital, London. A battered copy of War and Peace. An illiterate Cockney dying of cancer and a philosopher handing out pills. Their world is determined by these facts. But is it defined by them? Written by Ron Elisha, winner of four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, The Soul of Wittgenstein is a pertinent, engrossing, confrontational, yet tender, new play. It asks what happens when we open up, when we put aside our differences, and when we force ourselves to feel. If a dying man questioned what you were doing with your life, how would you answer? And would it be something that you were willing to admit?
Ron Elisha is an award-winning Australian playwright, whose plays have been produced throughout Australia, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, Israel and France, and have won a number of awards, including four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, the Mitch Matthews Award (2006) and the Houston International Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay. Dave Spencer’s directing credits include Window (Bread & Roses Theatre), Victorian & Gay (Hope Theatre), Lovett + Todd and Dorian Gray (both King’s Head Theatre). He was recently associate director on Family Tree by Night Kitchen Cabaret, a co-production with RADA Festival, and on the Kings Head Theatre’s production of La Boheme at Trafalgar Studios at the West End.
CAST AND CREATIVES
Richard Stemp (Ludwig Wittgenstein), Ben Woodhall (John Smith), Dave Spencer (director), Mayou Trikerioti (set and costume designer), Rachael Murray (sound designer), Clancy Flynn (lighting designer).
6 – 25 February 2018 (Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm, running time: 80 minutes)
Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 0QW