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'You want to kill her because she is not afraid'?

Tuesday 19 October 2010 - Saturday 6 November 2010
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The Mervyn Peake Estate

by Mervyn Peake

In one cave, thousands of years of history are played out. A history marked by conformity and the persecution of anyone who dares to speak out. One family struggles to live their day-to-day lives. Then one day a young girl enters the cave and throws their belief system into question.

This unsettling and powerful play by Mervyn Peake - author of Gormenghast - is a dark, inquisitive look at the nature of authority and its effect on the human condition.

There will be a post-show discussion with the writer's son, Sebastian Peake chaired by writer Neil Norman on Tuesday 26 October.

It has streaks of the angry postwar nihilism of Anouilh and Sartre: the hopeful theme of rejecting fear and social coercion leads only to amoral fragmentation in the last act. But it is extraordinary: a howl, an imperfect and painful philosophical struggle, part of a remarkable artist's testament. Honour to the little theatre." –Libby Purves, The Times

Review by Running In Heels

Review by Marcus Sedgwick

Review by Caroline Jowett from

Review by Paul Vale from The STAGE

Interview by

Londonist Out Loud 2: Aaron Paterson from Londonist on Vimeo.

Aaron Paterson
Talulah Mason
Costume Designer
Nicki Martin-Harper
Lighting Designer
Claire Childs
Sound & Video Designer
Chris Adams
Ewen Moore
Fight Director
Ronin Traynor
Dougie Firth
Sebastian Aguirre, Diane Axford, Nick Hoad, Emily Wallis, Matthew Wade & Guy Warren-Thomas