Something Wicked This Way Comes

The White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London
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This event ended on Saturday 17th of June 2017


Venue Information

White Bear
Kennington Park Road, SE11 4DJ

Nearest Stations

Kennington 0.18 miles


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Shining a light on a post Brexit world

As General Election campaigning goes into full swing, Curious Cloud premiers a new play: Something wicked this way comes. The play shines a light on modern political times: the unravelling of old world politics, and the impotence of the political elite in the face of the rise of populism, nativism and a post fact world.

Something wicked this way comes by Srabani Sen is an allegory, set in a court room in hell. Shakespeare's Prospera (The Tempest) presides, as Macbeth (Macbeth) and Goneril (King Lear) battle each other to prove that their way of leadership is the best. At stake is their very survival and the prize, redemption.

Srabani Sen said: “I wrote this play just after the election of Donald Trump as US President and a few months after the Brexit vote. Like many others, I was struck by the momentous political changes taking place in the Western world. Everything we took for granted about what political leadership means is being dismantled and reshaped. What also struck me was that each side, whether politicians or members of the public, are convinced they are right. No-one is actually listening to each other. This is even more evident in the General Election campaign that we are living through now. I wanted to explore both sides of the argument.”

Curious Cloud’s Artistic Director Catriona Clancy said: “Our mission is to tell spellbinding stories in fresh and surprising ways. Drawing on Shakespeare’s characters, this play demonstrates their resonance with the current political climate and interrogates the urgent issues that we are all grappling with. We hope it will get people talking, long after they have left the theatre.”

Reviews for previous shows by Curious Clouds:

"Standout performances", "engrossing and heartbreaking" (A Younger Theatre)

"Great electricity in performance - it buzzed throughout" (Remote Goat)

"The kind of show we should see more often in the theatre" (Everything Theatre)


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