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Stepping Out, Fallen Angel Theatre & Simon James Collier
in association with The Blue Elephant Theatre present

Stairway to Heaven

By Steve Hennessy
Directed by Chris Loveless

Cheops' Pyramid. Egypt. 2,700 B.C.

The biggest, most terrifying and dangerous construction site the world has ever known.

A hundred thousand men will haul two and a half million limestone blocks weighing a total of six million tons up a building the size of a skyscraper using nothing but human muscle.

On his first day working on the pyramid, one young man has to adapt quickly to a new life in a work gang where intense friendships and hatreds are forged in a feverish furnace of desert heat, brutal humour, backbreaking work, horrific accidents, drink, sex and death.

And as the ghosts of dead workmates and visions of Amun Ra the Sun God elbow their way into Makhthon's dreams, something strange is happening just out of sight, on the higher ledges of the pyramid, where the workers are never allowed.

Where does the stairway really lead?

The London premiere of this darkly funny, strangely contemporary, intense and visionary journey to another world …

Steve Hennessy's other plays include 'MOONSHADOW' ('Brilliantly nuanced … this great production.' **** Time Out, Critics' Choice, Show of the Week) and the 'LULLABIES OF BROADMOOR' trilogy ('Powerfully performed … absorbing and atmospheric …a piquant mix of witty Gothic ghoulishness and serious moral questioning … casts a haunting spell as it weaves together lurid fantasy and harsh reality.' Paul Taylor, The Independent)

Chris Loveless is one of the fringe's busiest young directors. His productions have received widespread critical acclaim and established him as a director of challenging contemporary drama. Productions for 2010 include: Blavatsky's Tower, Gifted, Stairway to Heaven, The Remains of the Day and Still Life.
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