George Dillon's performance of Steven Berkoff's Hell is a totally unique theatrical tour de force, which premiered to astonished audiences and ecstatic reviews in Edinburgh in 1992.
For Sartre, Hell was other people, but for Berkoff, Hell is an ultimate loneliness. The ever-failing Harry looks back over his solitary life and feels sorry for himself. Very, very, sorry. Sitting alone and naked in a dim light, his disembodied voice blending with an evocative musical score, he wallows in a self-pity so extreme it provokes outbreaks of laughter. This pathetic vision of despair builds to a devastating final line which is both awfully sad and horribly funny.
George Dillon has worked on 12 productions of Berkoff's work including 3 productions with Berkoff (twice as Assistant Director) and 4 World Premieres of Berkoff's writing staged by Dillon.
Berkoff’s Hell is one of six shows that George Dillon is performing in Edinburgh this year in celebration of 21 years of solo work, including the Herald Angel Award winning Berkoff’s Graft - Tales of an Actor.
“'Dillon's forte is a vulnerability we have not seen or suspected in his author. He manages to summon up something as improbable as, let's say, the Beckett in Berkoff.”
“Disturbing, dangerous theatre!”
“One cannot be unaffected by Dillon's virtuoso performance. It is a tour de force in which the actor and his material become one and the fusion of life and theatre is complete.”
George Dillon's Tour Dates
(as of Friday, 03 April 2020)