GOD OF CARNAGE
By: Yasmina Reza
Translated by: Christopher Hampton
Director: Emma Lucia
Designer: Mark Bailey
An electrifying comedy of manners from the writer of the international stage hit Art.
“Come on, have a sense of humour.”
“I don’t have a sense of humour. And I have no intention of acquiring one.”
A children’s dispute in a park brings two sets of affluent, liberal minded parents together to discuss the incident in a reasonable way. At first pleasantries are exchanged but as the meeting progresses tensions build and more primal instincts take over.
The veneer of civilised behaviour is stripped away as the parents make war.
God of Carnage is a caustic and brilliantly comic examination of middle class values and relationships.
God of Carnage won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in London and three Tonys, including Best Play, becoming the third longest-running production of the decade on Broadway.
It was recently released as a Roman Polanski film, Carnage.
Directed by Emma Lucia, following her acclaimed production of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen at Clwyd Theatr Cymru last season.
“fierce and very funny” The Independent
“Elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fuelled on pure bile.” Variety.
This translation was first presented at the Gielgud Theatre, London on 8 March 2008.
7.45pm, Saturday matinees 2.45pm
Talkbacks: 4 & 11 October
29 September 2.45pm
4 October 7.45pm
6 October 2.45pm
Pay What You Can and Teen Tickets available.
- Annette Catrin Aaron
- Alan Philip Bretherton
- Michael Richard Elfyn
- Veronica Jenny Livsey
- Director Emma Lucia
- Designer Mark Bailey
- Sound Designer Matthew Williams
“a viciously funny play and Emma Lucia’s real time production allows us to share in every squirmingly hilarious moment of it.” – The Stage
“"... a perfectly entertaining night out."” – North Wales Weekly News
“Reza writes for actors and Christopher Hampton translates her original French into perfect English to make us laugh, cry and question our very existence.” – Chester Chronicle
“The cast of four are superbly balanced, playing a verbal and physical tennis match with the script.” – Western Mail
“"this highly accomplished quartet of actors. Jenny Livsey, Catrin Aaron, Richard Elfyn and Philip Bretherton all play their roles to the hilt"” – www.whatsonstage.com
“a deeply tragic and painfully funny play which is dexterously unravelled by director Emma Lucia and the best cast of tragical comedians imaginable” – Virtual Shropshire