23:00, Wed 12th – Sat 15th October 2005 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 1
‘WHEN CAN I STOP RUNNING DOWN THAT STEEP WHITE STREET IN CABEZA DE LOBO?’ Catharine, fresh out of the asylum, has a story to tell. The viperous Mrs. Venables, who snaked an umbilical cord of pearls around the memory of Sebastian is intent on denying the truth about her son and his death. Suddenly Last Summer builds to a climactic revelation of what happened to Sebastian in Cabeza de Lobo. But the true cannibalistic horror lies far closer to home… In the garden district of New Orleans, where massive tree flowers suggest organs of a body, still glistening with undried blood, Williams’ darkest examination of emotional violence screams, hisses and thrashes its way towards a bloody conclusion where ‘truth’ is a weapon and survival hangs by a spider’s thread. Emotional myth-making, desire and corruption strike an iconic balance between dignity and hysteria in this most theatrical of productions.