HELL & OTHER TALES
by Steven Berkoff
savagely funny, intensely intimate stories by the maverick
genius of British theatre. An actor takes stock of his world in The Secret
of Capitalism, both sides of a sordid brief encounter are
exposed in Say a Prayer for Me, and Hell is the ultimate appeal for a little
sympathy and company.
In turns funny, harrowing, real and surreal, this daring performance
is nothing short of brilliant.
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
Combining the precision and timing of the practised story-teller with
the physical expressiveness of the accomplished actor, Dillon
brings measured delivery, carefully stylised visual imagery and the
degree of physical and emotional vulnerability needed to translate powerful
prose into disturbing, dangerous theatre.
There's a definite buzz in the sell-out crowd for the opening of a
new Berkoff by one of the most-praised solo performers of recent Fringes.
If you thought Berkoff was all arch bombast, then try this mesmeric
wade through the quagmires of despair. From its monotone
opening to its killer final line, it's both unique and fascinating.
One cannot be unaffected by Dillon's virtuoso performance in this
world premiere of Berkoff's two monologues. It is a tour de force
in which the actor and his material become one and the fusion of life
and theatre is complete.
These three short tales make for a miserable yet marvellous evening.
He is raucous, humourous, pitiful and exceptionally tender. The stage
is empty, the subject matter almost banal, so there is nothing but the
force of Dillon's performance to carry you through. He does not
disappoint. Here is a performance which cannot be too highly
WHAT'S ON IN LONDON
Say a Prayer for Me & Hell was a hit at the 1992
Edinburgh Festival and on tour in Spring 1993. In August 1993, The
Secret of Capitalism made up the trilogy at the Gate Theatre in London.
George Dillon's Tour Dates
(as of Thursday, 19 September 2019)
27th September 2019
1st October 2019
10th October 2019
St Paul's School
21st October 2019
5th November 2019