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White Bear
138 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4DJ
t: 020 7793 9193
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Cost £12-£15
Tel0333 012 4963
You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution – death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare.

A play based on Kafka’s prophetically terrifying yet darkly humorous, In the Penal Colony – a dramatic labyrinth of cruelty, obsession and madness.

The Traveller is only on the island for a few days, he’s no fan of the brutal penal colony there, but he hopes to leave with plenty to write about. Today he is scheduled to watch a man die, but nothing has prepared him for an hour in the company of The Officer – a powerful woman who is keeper and guardian of the hellish apparatus.

And amongst all the horror and insanity just how could a sexual attraction lead to romance between the Condemned Man and a Soldier?

***** ‘A taut and engrossing new play. Carding is mesmerising in the starring role. Don’t miss the chance to see this.’ Fringe Guru

**** ‘Dinwiddy flips the switch to question the comparative ‘progressiveness’ of European societies that have historically punished citizens for who they love. A striking central performance from Emily Carding.’ The Stage

*** ‘Apparatus brings black comedy to Kafka’s tale of torture. Carding’s performance is captivating. As convincing as it is unnerving.’ The Daily Telegraph

**** ‘Kafka at his darkest and each shadow has been brilliantly brought to the stage by Ross Dinwiddy. This piece will carve its mark on any audience.’ Brighton Moon

Shortlisted for Best New Play Award at Brighton Fringe 2018
Won Highly Commended for Best Design for Print Award at Brighton Fringe 2018
Blue Devil were Nominated for Best Newcomer Award at Brighton Fringe 2017
Official Review by Paul Ackroyd, read now
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