Fabrication is debut play at Notting Hill's The Print Room
Friday 12 November 2010
A new theatre opened this week in West London's Notting Hill. The Print Room is co-founded by theatre director Lucy Bailey, who directs the UK premiere of Italian film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini's stage play Fabrication.
It has taken Bailey, who recently directed Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe, a long time to pull this play off.
The story, about a father who has a nervous breakdown and becomes obsessed by his teenage son, is said to be an inversion of the Oedipus myth. It stars Jasper Britton and has been adapted by poet Jamie McKendrick. Pasolini, the revered director of films such as Accattone, The Gospel According to St Matthew and Oedipus Rex wrote six tragedies for the theatre, but they are largely unknown outside of Italy.
Twenty years ago, Bailey was invited to adapt and direct Pasolini's film and novel Teorema for Florence's Maggio Musicale and the Munich Biennale. This fuelled her passion for Pasolini. "I started watching all his films, and I have to say his films are the biggest influence in my life as a theatre director," says Bailey.
Then the actress and translator Gillian Hanna got in touch with her about Pasolini's plays.
"We collaborated for years to get Fabrication staged but it got rejected, partly because of its subject matter, but also because it's all written in blank verse. The penny dropped two years ago; we realised we needed a poet to capture Pasolini's poetry.
"He is revered as a poet in Italy and without honouring the poetry it was hard to communicate the piece properly."
'Fabrication' is at The Print Room, London W2 (www.the-print-room.org) to 4 December
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?
Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
Lucy, film review: Scarlett Johansson will blow your mind in Luc Besson's complex thriller
Miley Cyrus concert banned on morality grounds in the Dominican Republic
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians