3:07pm Wednesday 8th February 2012
THE extraordinary life and career of one of the world’s most colourful literary characters is taking centre stage at the Brewery.
Phoenix Rising: D.H Lawrence Son and Lover is a virtuoso one-man performance that gets under the skin of the visionary and controversial novelist, who wrote numerous classics such as Women In Love.
The play, set on an island off the south of France, sees a contemplative D.H Lawrence musing on the people and events that have shaped his turbulent and often tormented life.
Through a series of animated snapshots he recalls his stormy relationship with his parents, his miserable schooldays, his work as a schoolmaster and the beginnings of his literary career. What emerges is a complex character with a gift for profound story-telling and an ability to challenge the sexual mores of his generation through works such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Virgin and the Gypsy.
The production is by top actor Paul Slack who has many West End credits to his name, including leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his performance in Phoenix Rising has been described as “totally absorbing” by acting luminary Sir Derek Jacobi.
Theatre Programmer Mike Jones said: “This is a powerful and compelling one-man tour de force by Paul Slack. His acting skills and the skillfully crafted script combine to create an absorbing portrayal of a tormented but often humorous literary giant at the peak of his creative powers.”
Phoenix Rising: DH Lawrence Son & Lover is on Wednesday, February 22, at 8pm. To book call 01539-725133 or visit www.breweryarts.co.uk
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