Far East Theatre Company presents 'Illyria' by Bryony Lavery

06 February 2018, 19:30 - 21:00

Griffons Theatre, Paston College. This play has an age restriction of 16+ or parental guidance



Illyria is a play by Bryony Lavery, written in 2002 and published along with a collection of other plays in the book Plays One in 2007. Please note this play contains strong language and adult themes and has an age restriction of 16+ or parental guidance

Performance dates and times

Tuesday 6th February at 7.30pm
Wednesday 7th at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday 9th at 7.30pm

No show on Thursday

Tickets £5 (concessions £3) from Griffon site reception or call reception on 01692 402334

The title of the play descends from Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night, which is also set in a country called "Illyria". Some allusions to Shakespeare's play can be found in the play, such as intertextual quotes from the original Shakespearan play, as well as some characters who share the same names as characters from Twelfth Night.

The play tells the story of the British journalist Maria Vargas, who is sent to the country of Illyria to interview the wife of the country's dictator. However, things don’t go according to the plan and Maria suddenly finds herself in the middle of a world of darkness, violence and torture in the war-torn country of Illyria.

The original 2002 production for the National Theatre Connections festival was directed by Paula Mór.

The play highlights many of the conflicts being played out via 24hr modern news reporting across Asia: Aleppo in Syria, in Iraq and Afghanistan, in ‘the country formerly known’ as Yugoslavia and the civil war of 1990s between Croatia and Serbia. It references many of the atrocities of the past civil wars and dictatorships of Africa; the Biafra War in Nigeria in 1967, ‘General’ Idi Amin in Uganda in the 1970s, and ‘President’ Marcos in the Philippines and his wife’s obsession with shoes. 2,700 pairs of which were famously discovered left behind in her wardrobes after the Marcos regime was overthrown in 1986. Parallels can be seen in many more violent situations in many more countries, close to home and further away.

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