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The Blinding Light



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'You - miserable, mean, scribbler of a man. You're quoting from that play you put me in.' Abandoning theatre, living a life of squalid splendour, August Strindberg practises alchemy. In his hotel room, he attempts to make gold by finding the philosopher's stone, the secret of creation. As his grasp on reality weakens, his first two wives visit him to bring him to his senses. But their interventions spin out of control. For four years in fin-de-siecle Paris, Europe's most famous playwright vanished. Most people thought he had gone insane. When he reappeared, his new plays changed theatre forever. Howard Brenton's play The Blinding Light tells the astonishing story of August Strindberg's 'Inferno' period. It premiered at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in 2017, directed by Tom Littler. 'A cracking new play... Brenton is alive to both the comic and the painful side of this so-called "inferno period" and has an interpretation of it that the play renders very persuasive' - Independent 'A fascinating glimpse into the nature of artistic creation... the play boasts Brenton's characteristic intelligence and wit in dealing with substantial themes' - The Stage 'It is altogether a great treat... well-researched but, as importantly, dazzlingly imagined' - TheatreCat 'A rich and cerebral journey of language and jarring shocks... gorgeous language that is both ridiculous and exactly right for the production is a reason alone to go and see this play. The characters, the descriptions (visual and verbal) of insanity and mental instability, and the compelling biography of Strindberg are all others. Certainly more than the sum of these parts, this is an absolute treat' - The Reviews Hub 'Brenton charts Strindberg's psychotic episode with enormous flair in a compelling and at times hilarious play... a great portrait of a true weirdo: a blinder' - The Arts Desk

Product code: 9781848427068

ISBN 9781848427068
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129
No. Of Pages 96
Publisher Nick Hern Books
A powerful new play about the life of playwright August Strindberg, focusing on what he called his `Inferno period', when he suffered a notorious breakdown in Paris in 1896.