Arcola 50+

The Chairs

Eugène Ionesco, adapted by Donald Watson

Directed by: Nick Connaughton

 “Then at last we arrived, we laughed till we cried, the story was so idiotic…”

In a tower surrounded by stagnant water, an old man and his wife await the arrival of their guests. After years of preparation, he is finally ready to deliver his message to mankind….

Written in 1952 in post-war Paris by Romanian-French playwright Eugene Ionesco, The Chairs investigates the predicament of individuals faced with a society that no longer makes sense, and seems broken beyond repair.

Now, in 2018, Arcola 50+ imbue this “tragic farce” with a fresh sense of the disturbing and absurd, in a compelling commentary on our own beleaguered times.

Nick Connaughton returns after two sold-out productions to direct Ionesco’s captivating, whimsical and poignant masterpiece.


Part of Creative/Disruption 18
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