Scenes from an Execution

by  Howard Barker

Full Length Play, Drama  /  15m, 3f

"A modern classic." - Guardian

"Explosive, exciting." - Evening Standard.

"Brilliant." - Daily Mail.

"Nobody at work today in the British theatre writes more excitingly for actors and audiences." - O…

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Scenes from an Execution

by  Howard Barker

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    15m, 3f

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Glenda Jackson starred in this brilliant drama about a sixteenth century Venetian painter commissioned by the Doge to do a mural commemorating the naval victory at Lepanto. She is a woman, a realist, a rebel and a free spirit, so the government does not get the jingoistic celebration of political and military might it expects. Galactia reveals war in all its horror, cruelty and suffering and chooses prison over changing the mural. This fascinating parable raises issues of contemporary resonance. As the play unfolds, the paradoxical mystery of art is espoused: that works exist independently of their creators.
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"A modern classic." - Guardian

"Explosive, exciting." - Evening Standard.

"Brilliant." - Daily Mail.

"Nobody at work today in the British theatre writes more excitingly for actors and audiences." - Observer.

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Howard Barker

Howard Barker's first play was performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1970. Subsequently, his works were played by the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Open Space Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and the Almeida. He is currently Artistic Director of The Wrestling School, a company estab ...

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