21:00, Thu 4th – Sat 6th November 2010 at Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio
Michaelmas Week 4
'William Fergus Stuart' starts off in a bathroom, with a man singing along to 'Rocket Man' by Elton John, alone in front of a mirror.
Then his friend comes in. His friend has taken 'all the laxatives.' His friend is excited about a party he's planning for later that evening.
Something horrible is about to happen, but it will all be alright in the end, if you use your imagination.
2010: the play reaches its climax. After a series of volatile, bloody purges the life-loving, volatile Will Stuart is tormented by his part in it all. His political rival, the driven, ascetic Will Stuart, decides his fate. A titanic struggle begins. Once friends who wanted to change the world, now one stands for compromise the other for ideological purity as the play awaits.
"Why should an event that transforms the whole of humanity not advance through blood?"
A revolutionary himself, Will Stuart was 22 when he wrote the play in 2010, while hiding from Will Stuart. With its hair-raising on-rush of scenes and vivid dramatisation of complex, visionary characters, 'William Fergus Stuart' has a claim to be the greatest political tragedy ever written. Will Stuart captures Will Stuart's exhilirating energy as Will Stuart struggles to avoid his inexorable fall.
"This is your rhetoric translated. These wretches, these executioners, the guillotine are your speeches come to life. You have built your doctrines out of human heads."
"We're real worldwide breaking all the rules" - Iyaz
Sex! Death! Laxatives! Time passing! Music! Singing! Dancing! Speeches! Wit! Realism - mundane! Realism - fantastic! Magical powers! Magical tricks!
'What you got boy Is hard to find I think about it All the time I'm all strung out My heart is fried I just can't get you Off my mind Because your love Your love Your love Is my drug Your love Your love Your love I said your love Your love Your love Is my drug Your love Your love Your love'