Independent Productions in association with Southwark Playhouse presents
Black Battles with Dogs
by Bernard-Marie Koltès Translated by David Bradby and Maria M. Delgado
‘some striking images… evokes a powerful mood… highly watchable…’
‘Alexander Zeldin has pulled out a crafted production that athletically traverses the Southwark vault space. Joseph Arkley is electric and scary as live-wire Cal … Rebecca Smith-Williams seduces our attention while her intense performance transcends Leonie’s silliness to draw genuine compassion from us.’
‘The ever-atmospheric, chilly Vault space lends itself perfectly to the setting – the simple design is ideal.’
What’s on Stage
Three Europeans are isolated on the construction site of a western company in the heart of Africa, surrounded by barbed wire fences. High up on the watchtowers above, African security guards call out in the night to one another in throat songs to keep awake. As evening falls, a mysterious man, Alboury, penetrates the camp. When it emerges that he has come to demand the body of his brother who died that day in unknown circumstances, the ensuing action leads to a disturbing twist of events…
Black Battles with Dogs takes place in a world where people are trapped and alone and where racism, fear and envy take hold of each character in turn. This production at Southwark Playhouse marks the play’s first London revival in over 20 years.
‘a pioneer of a wholly new style of dramatic writing’
The Times on Bernard-Marie Koltès
The Vault is a large untreated performance space in the Victorian arches beneath London Bridge Train Station and as such can get a bit chilly. Although we do everything we can to ensure audience comfort we’d advise to bring along jumper just in case!
Chloe Lamford, Katie Bellman
Monday, 23 April
Post Show Discussion with Cast and Creative team