Via Dolorosa by David Hare.

22/11/2014 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Foxlowe Arts Centre
Market Street
Leek, Leek, Staffordshire ST13
£7.00 (£6.00 concessions)
Foxlowe Arts Centre
01538 386112

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northern international theatre
David Hare’s
Via Dolorosa
A personal journey through Israel and Palestine
Foxlowe Arts Centre
Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire
8.00 pm 22 November 2014 £7 (£6 concessions) 01538 386112

Following the sell-out performance of The Burma Play earlier this year, northern international theatre return to The Foxlowe with a script in hand performance of David Hare’s 1998 “meditation on an extraordinary trip to both Israel and the Palestinian territory, which left him questioning his own values as searchingly as the powerful beliefs of those he met.”
The Faber playscript describes Via Dolorosa as ‘a monologue, ideally to be performed by its author’. In this radical new adaptation, three performers – two male, one female – all take the part of David Hare; and, between them, the play’s rich ensemble of characters based on encounters with real people that the author met on his travels.
The play is performed by David Bell, David Bowen, and Catherine Parker.
Omar Sattaur has composed original music for clarinet accompanied by Middle Easter instruments – the oud and tar – to mark the passage from one land to another – London to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem to Ramallah.
The performance includes projections of images by the photographer D J Clark, who worked for Save the Children in Palestine in the 90s.
“Hare has written a piece that, in a modest, moving way, illuminates not only the Arab-Israeli conflict but also some of the other confrontations that keep the world on bloody edge… it is a very particular recollection, written by a playwright attempting to give theatrical fiction a new dimension of reality… Via Dolorosa has such an astonishing abundance of stories, characters, and ideas that, when you leave the theatre, you feel as if you have lived through some crazy, stunning epic.” New York Times
“It reinforces ones faith in theatre as a means of communication… a deeply moving theatre mosaic.” The Guardian
Via Dolorosa premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 1998 and transferred to the Booth Theatre, Broadway in March 1999.
David Hare’s plays have been presented at the National Theatre and on Broadway. His latest play, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, is currently performing at The National. “Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.” A revival of his play The Vertical Hour took place at The Park Theatre, London in September: “The timing is uncanny. With Britain poised to join air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, the Park has chosen to revive David Hare’s 2006 play which deals, in part, with the consequences of our last invasion of that country. The circumstances may be different but Hare’s eloquent, disquisitory play suggests global politics can never be divorced from private psychology.” The Guardian

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