Everyman (Faber Drama)

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Everyman (Faber Drama)

Everyman (Faber Drama)

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Ev”, our universal protagonist and bad-boy banker, literally falls into the opening scene of his fortieth birthday party (he descends onto the stage, dangling in mid-air). I saw this play when it was at the NT and found this updated version very powerful-- however, I have always found it to be powerful, no matter the version.

Award-winning poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy’s thrilling contemporary adaptation of the fifteenth century play The Summoning of Everyman, is directed by Katherine Nesbitt. Everyman’s prime sin also lies not so much in seeing money as solution to any problem as in ignoring ecological reality. The big achievement of both Duffy and Norris is keep the framework of the original while suiting the content to a secular society.

It tells a well-known story, of man’s journey from sin to salvation in the face of death; its characters are flat personifications with pre-determined roles to act out. Milton Court is located within the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Barbican entrance on Silk Street. Even in a version as brilliant as this there is a moment that jars when God/Good Deeds tells us: “Religion is a man-made thing.

But Ejiofor is at his best in the play’s closing moments when he acknowledges the miracle of life while accepting the reality of death. Didn't care for Carol Ann Duffy prior to the play, had to study so much of her poetry in school, but what a clever and unique adaptation.From Nobel Laureates Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to theatre greats Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett to rising stars Polly Stenham and Florian Zeller, Faber Drama presents the very best theatre has to offer. He is very touching in the scene where he confronts his scooter-riding young self and owns up to a life of self-gratification. Yet another project inspired by this play, which I will get back to when I have more time (and life experience?

Please note this production contains adult content including strong language, scenes of drug and alcohol use, depictions of vomit and references to self-harm. Deserted by friends, family and goods, he finds solace only in a dosser named Knowledge (Penny Layden) who enables him to face Death with a new-found humility. With classics such as Ted Hughes's The Iron Man and award-winners including Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse, Faber Children's Books brings you the best in picture books, young reads and classics. The basis is reminiscent of Jedermann but it is a new confrontation with death and the impossibility to bargain with death.One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘ Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance. God is here merged with the figure of Good Deeds and embodied by Kate Duchene as a cleaning-woman with Marigolds and bucket. Duffy’s poetry is underscored by William Lyons’s eclectic music and faithfully realised by Norris’s virtuosic production that captures both the frantic dizziness of a money-driven world and the beckoning finality of death. The play swings between the hyper-spectacular and the poignant, the perfectly choreographed scenes with Ev’s friends and the gold, dazzling, personifications of materialism pitched against moments with his dying parents, and flashbacks to his childhood.

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