Opens: 05/02/2013 Closes: 02/03/2013 Trafalgar Studios, LondonBased on Hemingway’s seminal, inter-war ‘lost generation’ novel The Sun Also Rises this new piece from Alex Helfrecht and Sam Snape employs live jazz by Trio Farouche and choreography to flesh out the story of desire, loss and bullfighting. American novelist Jake and the wayward Lady Brett Ashley career across Europe, fuelled by alcohol and Spanish heat.
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Exeunt“Debauched and frenetic fiesta that leaves its audience thirsty for more...” Rachel Noel’s stripped down set of corrugated iron walls and a dancing canopy of wine glasses perfectly conveys the necessary hedonistic loss of control as the characters shower themselves in red liquids during the running of the bulls...
The Telegraph“A venue that’s going to be very hard to ignore... ” This is an intense, raw and compelling piece of theatre, which, with the youthful audiences that it is attracting, suggests to me that the Trafalgar Studios are going to be at the cutting edge this year...
The Stage“Multi-faceted and enjoyable piece... ” Alex Helfrecht uses live music, dance and a distinctive performance style to portray the debauchery and wild passions that characterise Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel about a love triangle...
Guardian“This certainly isn't Papa for purists...” Although adaptor-director Alex Helfrecht sacrifices much and seems determined to turn Hemingway's account of the Lost Generation into the Lust Generation, she at least makes you re-examine one of the finest novels of the last century...
Whatsonstage.com“This is a decent stab at a wonderful book...” Josie Taylor as Brett certainly conveys the spirit of the age, a free-flowing figure combining the sexual and intellectual independence of Lee Miller with the high cheek-boned beauty of Ava Gardner...
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