11-14th Sept 2019 Emma performed in Death and The Maiden at the Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool. With Phil Perez, Peter Cuffe. Directed by Margaret Connell, Produced by Siobhan Noble.
"How can you tell the truth if the mask you have adopted ends up being identical to your face?" Ariel Dorfman
Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean author and playwright.
Death and the Maiden was written in 1990, the year that Chile finally returned to democracy. Dorfman returned to Chile having been forced into exile during the decades of General Pinochet's dictatorship.
Chile and its people were coming to terms with the aftermath of the horrors of dictatorship. Mass disappearances, torture, rape and murder.
Death and the Maiden explores trauma, morality, recovery and redemption. A journey from dark into light. Is forgiveness possible? Can an individual and an entire nation reconcile after such violent and repressive division?
Emma will soon direct Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
"This play is above all, an exercise in counter-information... the provocative impact is determined by its theatrical form: rooted in tragedy it became farce - the farce of power." Dario Fo
Dario Fo (1926 – 2016) was an Italian actor, playwright, director and political campaigner for the Italian left wing and the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist is one of his most famous plays (Italian original 1970, English translation 1980). It explores police and state cover-up - something that we, in Liverpool, tragically know much about....
Inspired by a true incident of an activist who mysteriously 'fell' out of the 4th floor window of Police Headquarters.
This play sees the hilarious intervention of an anarchist who, with various disguises and ridiculous shenanigans, enters the same police HQ and exposes the truth.
It explores police and state corruption, in an environment of dictatorship.
Though serious in intent and message the play explores these issues through the style of farce.