EUGENE O'NEILL

The Bunker Theatre | London, UK | August 2018

TITANIC PLAYS

TITANIC PLAYS

TITANIC PLAYS

TITANIC PLAYS

TITANIC PLAYS is a double bill combining Eugene O’Neill’s two earliest and most rarely performed plays, THIRST and FOG.
 
Written in the year following the sinking of the Titanic, O’Neill’s enigmatic first plays address one of history’s greatest calamities from the perspectives of its few survivors, floating helplessly in the unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Stripped of basic human needs, O’Neill’s earliest characters struggle to reconcile their disastrous circumstances with their sense of individual identity and social responsibility.
TITANIC PLAYS is an original production combining O’Neill’s one-acts THIRST and FOG with transcriptions of the US Senate and British Wreck Commissioner's Titanic inquiries, verbatim radio transmissions of the Titanic in its final hours, and personal accounts from before and after the disaster. Rehearsed actors perform the O'Neill texts as 10 community volunteers from London's National Youth Theatre perform fragments of historical texts for the first time as they are fed lines and staging through an in-ear headset system, which denies them the the time to process the text or construct a performance of it. This reconfiguration of dramatic and historical texts places artistic interpretation and historical reality directly at odds with one another.