King Lear Monster Show!
Based on Shakespeare’s masterpiece.
Adapted by Michael Beh.
A morality tale. A myth. An omen. A fairytale.
All the federations are now frayed beyond repair.
After the pandemic wars, after the water wars, chaos ensues. KING LEAR MONSTER SHOW! is a short, sharp Fellini-inspired dreamscape of wastelands and Fisher Kings, a dangerous, descent from hilarity to hell, an evocation of love and law, power and justice, sanity and survival.
After the experiment that was western democracy, after the dissolution of arbitrary lines that marked states and countries, after the end of national allegiances between the end of everything and the start of something new, Lear lives.
In this dystopian future, clothing is all recycled, epoch pop. Masks are de rigueur. The colliding sounds of grand opera and long dead rock gods linger, because — like all divas - Lear loves to dance.
KLMS is a radical re-visioning of Shakespeare’s greatest play for our times. (King Lear is thought to have originally been written during the shutdown of theatres caused by the London plague of 1606.) Michael Beh’s adaptation is inspired by the work of great, contemporary, political playwrights such as Edward Bond and Caryl Churchill and poets such as Chaucer, Eliot, Keats and Yeats and the contemporary world around us.
There is no Future. There is no Past. There is only Lear.
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