Cruel and Tender

Wed 2nd – Sat 5th Nov 2011

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“A wife takes extreme measures to bring her military husband back from conflict in Crimp's skilful reworking of the Trachinae.”

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Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC)

SUMMARY

Martin Crimp, ‘one of British theatre’s best-kept secrets’ (The Independent) skilfully reworks Sophocles’s Trachinae, a timeless story of deceit and desire. A military wife waits for her husband to return from conflict with only her household help and detached son for company. As her patience and resilience wear thin, she turns to increasingly desperate measures to ensure her husband’s return, with no idea of how destructive her jealous and paranoid actions will be. Crimp’s retelling of the Greek classic effortlessly blends the political and the personal, with ‘writing as sharp as shrapnel and as resonant as a bomb blast’ (The Stage). CUADC presents an inventive interpretation of this intriguing story of twisted relationships, loyalties and morals. ‘I’ll lie, because otherwise I could be mistaken for a victim, and that’s not a part that I’m willing to play.’

Admission: £5(£4) – £6(£5)

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