Chicago in the 1930s: the Great Depression. A time of unemployment, fear and corruption – and the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big, to seize a greater power: an absolute power. Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui’s menacing shadow looms large, from the markets to the docks and across the city itself. You might be with him, you might be against him – it certainly seems that no one’s prepared to stop him.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is Brecht’s funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler in Germany in the early 1930s, but cleverly transposed into the world of Chicago’s gangland during the same period. Using a translation by George Tabori, Seaford College is presenting this challenging and thought provoking play on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November in the Assembly Hall. A pre-theatre dinner will be available on Friday 27th, enabling audience members to enjoy a relaxed two-course meal with wine in the College’s beautiful surroundings before the show commences. Tickets for the show will cost £5, or £10 including dinner. Enquiries and bookings can be made via: firstname.lastname@example.org
The play’s director, Dr Jane Askew, said: “After three Renaissance plays we decided to tackle something more modern, but equally challenging in style and artistic potential. There is quite a broad range of experience within the cast and many have not come across Brecht’s work before. I am particularly impressed with Fergus Segrove who, despite being one of the youngest members of the cast, is playing the leading role with great energy and insight.”