Howard Barker Double Bill

Howard Barker Double Bill

Arcola Theatre · 25 NOV - 19 DEC

The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo & Judith: A Parting From The Body

Overview

Love, truth, sex and war collide in this exhilarating double bill by Howard Barker, “England’s greatest living dramatist” (The Times).
First, the London premiere of Barker’s dark comedy The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo. Isonzo is blind, witty and 100 years old; Tenna is blind, beautiful and just 17. On the day of their wedding a battle of wits commences in which bride and groom discover the other is far more of a match than they had bargained for... Power-play abounds in this fearlessly imaginative one-act drama.

Then, a timely revival of Barker’s war masterpiece, Judith: A Parting From The Body. On the night before battle, Judith enters the enemy camp to kill the Assyrian general, Holofernes. Her land is at stake - but what of her heart and mind? Barker’s radical reimagining of this apocryphal story lays bare the complex sacrifices of human beings at war.

See both plays in one thrilling production directed by Robyn Winfield-Smith, following the runaway success of her multi-Off West End Award-nominated UK Premiere of Barker's Lot and His God.

Recommended for ages 16+

Critic reviews

Robyn Winfield-Smith’s shrewd, searching production is full of light and dark and boasts a quartet of terrific performances

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 25 Nov - Sat 19 Dec, Mon - Sat 8pm, Sat mats 3.30pm

Venue

Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin St E8 3DL London, UK · Get Directions
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