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By Torben Betts
Directed by Beata Pilch
About a fiercely intelligent young girl and her relentless refusal of the establishment.
The impeccable ensemble churns out the insanity with unflinching focus and impeccable characterizations. There is NOTHING natural about this production and the cast delivers the toxic artificial ingredients to bizarre perfection.
- Venus Zarris-Gay Chicago Magazine
A promising absurdist satire…
- Monica Westin, New City
Amid superficially edgy dreck glimmer gems of the truly unexpected.
Recommended by Tony Adler, The Chicago Reader
Torben Betts’ The Unconquered is a fast-moving satirical portrait of patriarchy, political indolence and over-reaction. The laughs begin when the “re-liberation” knocks on the door of your average upper-middle class family after aggressive revolutionaries have overthrown the government. Strange and unsettling, their new found freedom provokes the parents to reminisce about the comfort of life under the previous aristocracy while their spirited daughter criticizes her parent’s banal and conforming attitudes with great, yet impotent, ferocity. The piece is a reflection of war’s long-reaching effects on the domestic front, demonstrating the encompassing ambiguity of a public out of touch with reality. With great wit, poetics and charm, Betts sketches the self-hypocrisy that materializes during times of opaque identity and societal partition.
Torben Betts is an English playwright born in 1968 in Stamford, Lincolnshire. He attended the University of Liverpool and originally trained and worked as an actor. He was writer-in-residence at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough where he met the prolific master of British farce and comedy, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, who has since commissioned Betts’ plays The Optimist (2002), Her Slightest Touch (2003) and The Swing of Things (2006). Betts has been hailed as a successor to writers such as Ayckbourn and Howard Barker. Among a dozen plays written by Betts and staged so far are, A Listening Heaven (1996), Incarcerator (1997), Mummies and Daddies (1998), and Clockwatching (2000). The Unconquered opened on February 14, 2007 in a production by the Stellar Quines Theatre Company at the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews and was Best New Play in the 2006-7 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Betts is currently under commission by Stellar Quines to write Constantina, a tragedy for four actresses set in Ancient Rome. For more info visit torbenbetts.com
Film: Carrie Holt de Lama / Choreographer: Lindsay-Rose Kane / Dramaturge: Milan Pribisic / Lighting Designer: Gina Patterson / Set Designers: Andrew Holder & Ben Freyinger / Costume Designer: Sir Iris Bainum-Houle / Sound Designer: Bob Rokos / Stage Manager: Gary Damico / Graphic Designer: Michal Janicki / Fight Choreographer: Andrew Luckenbill