Please note this is an off-site performance which takes place at:
Arch 6, Burrell Street, London, SE1 0UN
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Kaspar Hauser was a mysterious figure who was discovered in a German town square. He could speak only one sentence. Later, it emerged that he had spent his childhood in a dark room, cut off from human contact. He was taken in, taught how to speak, how to be a regular member of society.
Handke re-imagines Kaspar today; an absurd man formed and deformed through his violent exposure to the language of our society – the language of adspeak, corporate phrases and sports platitudes. In this remarkably inventive play, ideas about received speech, conformism and the corruption of the individual are exploded into bizarre and fascinating vocal rhythms and stage images.
Peter Handke is an Austrian playwright whose work has been described as ‘the most strikingly original of all post-war European writing’ The Times
This production, supported by Southwark Playhouse, filters Handke’s work through the vapid, sterile spaces of a vast, glass-fronted railway arch on Bankside, near the Tate Modern.
TIMEOUT Critics’ Choice
“Talented young collective make an impressive job of staging Peter Handke’s demanding living classic.”
“A refreshingly abrasive blast of tough-minded theatre.”
“Ryan Kiggell does wonders with Handke’s difficult text.”
“This opportunity to see it shouldn’t be missed by anyone interested in the possibilities of a drama that transcends naturalistic boundaries.”
There Ought To Be Clowns
“Kaspar offers an intriguing opportunity to explore something quite original.”
My London Your London
“Aya Theatre Company has to be congratulated for bringing this very Continental form of theatre to London.”
“The production’s concern with the poetic qualities of the text makes for an intriguing and often gripping evening.”
The Cultural Expose
“Abstract, surreal but refreshingly creative.”