Artist Descending a Staircase

    19:45, Tue 7th – Sat 11th May 2002 at ADC Theatre
    Easter Week 2

    Two old artists - Beauchamp and Martello - sit together in their attic apartmenarguing over which of them murdered their friend Donner, who now lies in crumpled heap at the bottom of the stairs. Donner's irritating domestic habitand the bitter angst of their artistic rivalry seem viable reasons for murde- don't they? The tape loop of time is set running, as we are transported acrosthe 20th century to the artists' youth in World War One, and so to their lovof one woman - Sophie. The questions are about human relationships and representationcharted across a century where the human figure has been abstracted by arand dismembered by war. This is "alternative" Stoppard, in a play that nevelooses sight of the blackness of life or its inherent comedy.
    " Let's cheer ourselves up by inventing verbs for various kinds of fatality!"


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