Three Visions Of The Middle East
By Naomi Wallace
Directed by Katie Posner and Marcus Romer
Presented by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal
This March Pilot Theatre Company, in association with York Theatre Royal bring their critically acclaimed production of The Fever Chart to London. This stirring work of American playwright Naomi Wallace, explores the Middle East through a personal and timeless account by three stories from all sides of the conflict.
The Fever Chart will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on the 9 March running till 3 April, and explores the true nature of humanity through looking at the inhumane assaults that we must endure in this modern world. Written as a trilogy, the play will take the audience through moments of three lives, all based around the Palestine/Israel conflict. By basing such huge political questions in to three emotional stores, this play will talk to the audience through tangible issues of love, life and death.
Internationally acclaimed American playwright Naomi Wallace is best known for her deeply political plays, including One Flea Spare and The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Born in Kentucky, USA she now splits her time between the States and the Yorkshire Dales with her family. Her work as a poet, playwright and screenwriter have captured the heart of political tensions and have such gained her a reputation for pushing boundaries, particularly in America. Through her poetic use of language the audience is drawn into the world that Naomi presents…a world that already exists right outside our door.
After a highly successful run at York Theatre Royal last November, Pilot Theatre are excited to take the UK premiere of The Fever Chart to London. Director Katie Posner hopes that by creating work of this ilk “we can expose audiences to different situations and stories in a non prejudiced way and allow them to start conversations and form their own opinions about hugely difficult and complex situations.”
“Pilot Theatre’s directors create an appropriate atmosphere for each vision. The tension evolves gradually. The revelations surprise rather than shock, which is just as it should be.”
“The acting is exemplary, particularly from Lisa Came as an Israeli nurse faced with an awkward Palestinian patient (Raad Rawi). Daniel Rabin also impresses as an eloquent idealist in his pigeon loft.”
“The Fever Chart is at its best when mustering a post-structuralist flavour, working self-consciously alongside Frost and even Plato. Instead of reiterating a widely documented struggle of unrest in the Middle-East, The Fever Chart discovers new paths of understanding, through fragmentation, through sexuality, and most unsually – through pigeons.”
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