Festen

Thu 15th – Sat 17th Mar 2012

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

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SUMMARY

‘Do you think you could say a few words about your sister this evening? I can’t manage it. I’ll stand there blubbing.’

‘Actually, Dad, I’ve written something.’

‘Have you? Well done. You’re wonderful, son. Wonderful.’

Helge is sixty. It’s a time for the family to gather and smooth over the cracks left by the suicide of Linda, twin sister to Christian. As Helge’s eldest son, Christian will raise the first toast.

Confined within the family house, the guests are rocked by revelations that pierce and destroy the veneer of middle-class respectability.

David Eldridge’s blacker-than-black comedy is adapted from the award-winning Danish film of the same name. “Festen” was the first film made according to the Dogme 95 manifesto, a set of strict rules for filmmakers laid out by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. This new production re-appropriates these rules for the theatre, taking a stripped back approach that exploits the cavernous space of Bristol’s Wickham Theatre.

Admission: £6(£5)

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