Two separate directors and casts present very different interpretations of Martin Crimp’s hilarious and shocking tour de force. It’s so good they did it twice!
The University of East Anglia’s (UEA) School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is presenting a short run of Martin Crimp’s revolutionary and controversial Attempts On Her Life from 6 – 11 December. In a fittingly innovative approach this ground-breaking play is presented as two entirely separate productions with very different approaches from the directors and totally separate casts, each featuring over 20 actors.
The two productions, while complementary, represent thrillingly different approaches to the play and audiences seeing both can experience the interpretive power of live theatre.
Originally performed at London’s Royal Court in 1997, the themes of this immensely powerful play are still very relevant in today. Obsessions including freedom fighters, ethnic violence, pornography and terrorism all still resonate with us. It dispenses with linear narrative, instead consisting of 17 contrasting scenes offering multiple perspectives on the dead, shape-shifting figure of Anne.
Renowned critic and author Aleks Sierz said that the play ‘secured Crimp’s reputation as the most innovative, most exciting playwright of his generation’.
Attempts On Her Life directed by James Robert Carson seeks, to honour the real concern for humanity that is at the root of the piece, to explore draws on environmental activism and interrogates what it means to be a terrorist or a freedom fighter. ‘This is a beautiful and intriguing play that acknowledges that one person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter’ he added
Attempts On Her Life directed by Sola Adeyemi examines multiple perspectives of Anne, the ‘Her’ of the title. Was she an urban terrorist, a tourist hostess or a porn star? A victim of violence or the perpetrator? ‘Our approach employs everyday common situations to explore the creation in people’s consciousness of mind-bending identities’ Sola explained.
UEA Theatre Productions have established a strong reputation with theatregoers for their professionally directed, accessible, high-quality shows. They offer high quality production values at affordable ticket prices. These productions showcase the talents of the UEA third year drama students. Past members of the company include Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown, House of the Dragon), Olivia Vinall (Roadkill, The Woman in White, National Theatre Live: King Lear), and Greg James (BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show).
James Robert Carson is a Senior Lecturer at UEA. He has over 20 years of professional acting and directing experience with the likes of The Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Greek National Opera, Holland Park Opera, and the Aldeburgh Festival.
Sola Adeyemi is a director and teaches drama at UEA.
Award winning playwright and translator Martin Crimp was born in Dartford, Kent and studied English at Cambridge University. He is a writer in residence at The Royal Court where he has staged several of his plays.
Attempts on Her Life
Two very different versions of Martin Crimp’s this ground-breaking play
UEA Drama Studio, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Attempts on Her Life directed by Sola Adeyemi
6, 10 December: 7:30pm
7, 11 December: 2:30pm
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes with no interval
Attempts on her Life directed by James Robert Carson Performances
7, 8, 9 December 7:30pm
10 December 2:30pm
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no interval
All Tickets £10 / £7 Concessions from www.attemptsonherlifeuea.com
Attempts On Her Life references to themes of a sexual nature, suicide, murder and torture and thus is recommended for audiences of 18 and over.