The sea reveals and conceals its secrets and mysteries, just as life itself does to us humans. For a moment we think we see life. Then it is gone. And then we forget. And then we forget forever. Sea is one of Jon Fosse’s later plays; more abstract than his earlier work, in that it is stripped of social totems and his figures face the dark unaided and isolated. Even when the sea drift pulls them together their memories are fractured and the life shared recedes with the tide. What survives of the moment once glimpsed? Love, warmth, tenderness. But the certainty has gone with the strength to ride the waves. Jon Fosse describes the theatre as the “art of the human.” Sea is terrifying, but seeing human beings free of distraction in their reality is a relief and, almost, a comfort.
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I AM GAVRILO PRINCIP by Oliver Yellop
I am Gavrilo Princip is the story of one of histories greatest unknowns: Gavrilo Princip, the young assassin who shot the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the event that kick started the First World War.
The play finds Gavrilo in purgatory watching the blood and carnage of the 20th century unfold. It is his punishment to watch the consequences of his actions over and over again, as time loops over the last century. History has not been kind to Gavrilo Princip. He has either been overlooked, misrepresented or misunderstood. But this is not a story about the colossal impact of his actions. This is a story about a young man trying to find his place in the world. A young man who sacrificed so much and got so little in return. About wanting so desperately to belong, to be remembered that violence became his only course of action.
We are often taught that history is a story of kings and queens, of very important people doing very important things. But it is not so in case of Gavrilo Princip... Much ink has been spilt discussing the legacy of Princip's contribution to history. Weather he was a freedom fighter or a terrorist will continue to be debated long into the future. However what I wanted to do, was to create a narrative on the man himself: his thoughts, his feelings, his reflections on the world he lived in, and the one he watched unfold. The idea for this show was to give a voice to someone who so often has had others speak for him.