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Greater London
posted: 14 Feb 2020 -
Claudia Carroll, adapated from Guy de Maupassant
society/company: Orange Moon Theatre (directory)
from: 03 Mar 2020 - 07 Mar 2020
venue: Drayton Arms Theatre, Old Brompton Road SW5 0LJ

"Exceptionally well acted" Michael Billington
"Thrilling moments of physical theatre" **** Everything Theatre
"An absolute must see" ***** Act Drop

Blending original music, movement and mime, we balance the beautiful with the comic to unearth lost stories that the traditional canon has forgotten. Juggling over thirty-two roles between six actors, our playful flair for storytelling and whimsical style promises to bring laughter and tears to this accessible and imaginative production of Maupassant's brilliant tales.

"A deep quiet, an atmosphere of terrifed, silent foreboding, hung over the city. And it hung about like a smell. It was the feel of Occupation..."

It's 1870 and Virelogne, a town in Northern France, has been occupied by its Prussian oppressors. They are eating at the tables of the family homes they have invaded, and lording over the lives and fortunes of the citizens. Yet, in the east of the town, 'Mother Sauvage' waits anxiously for news of her son, off fighting in the war against the same kind of men she is forced to look after in her home; and in the west, infamous prostitute, 'Boule de Suif', would rather die than have a Prussian in her bed...

Based on the works of the critically acclaimed, yet theatrically under-appreciated, master of the short story: Guy de Maupassant, 'Virelogne' explores the uncharted regions of the human mind and the dark recesses of the heart in this chilling tale of life under occupation of enemy forces.

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