Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Exeter Alternative Theatre present 'Grand-Guignol' Halloween Horror Spectacular, Barnfield Theatre Friday 28, Saturday 29 & Monday 31 October

A grotesque display of emotion:
Ben Rodwell & Mike Gilpin as Professor Alistair Rodwell & Tom Sullivan
in rehearsal for ‘An Eye For An Eye’
(Photography: Nigel Cheffers-Heard http://www.cheffers.co.uk/)

Grand-Guignol - The Parisian Theatre of Terror arrives in Exeter!

Exeter Alternative Theatre continues to build on its reputation for putting on the most provocative theatre in Devon.

Le Theatre du Grand-Guignol opened in Pigalle, Paris, in 1897 thrilling, titillating, shocking and horrifying its audiences for 65 years. It is now revered as one of the world's greatest forgotten theatres.

Following on from rave reviews and audience feedback for 'Quills' in July and a hugely successful Grand-Guignol debut in October 2010, Exeter Alternative Theatre once again invites you to experience 'something a little different to the norm' - another evening of Grand-Guignol terror as they take to the stage to present three more short plays from, and sinpired by, this legendary Parisian theatre. You won't experience enything darker, bloodier or sexier in the South West this Halloween.

A slightly less extreme moment - or is it?
Elisabeth Bennett & Al Wadlan as Clara Watson & Jean Marchal
in rehearsal for ‘The Torture Garden’
(Photography: Nigel Cheffers-Heard http://www.cheffers.co.uk/)

The Torture Garden
(Le Jardin des supplices) by Pierre Chaine & Andre de Lorde
Based on the controversial 1899 novel by Octave Mirbeau this disturbing play assaults the senses in true Grand-Guignol style. This seductive and brutal 3 act play ticks all the right boxes for an EAT performance and it opens on the very night that the original production was performed in Paris 89 years ago!

Weekend Cottage
by Frederick Witney
From the 1945 London Grand-Guignol revival, this is a dark, evil, one act terror ride. On a Friday evening Laura awaits the arrival of her married lover for a 'romantic' weekend. The appearance of two stangers changes everyone's plans . . .

An Eye for an Eye
by Rosie Mullin & Midge Mullin
A brand new Grand-Guignol play written exclusively for this EAT production. An eminent anthropologist returns home to England after stealing a stone of great spiritual significance to an African tribe. The cataclysmic consequences are truly horrifying . . .

Warning! Not recommended for the faint hearted!

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"Most professional casts would die to be so good." Dr. Paul Gray

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