A new production of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde comes to The Arts Centre @Edge Hill University on Thursday, January 30.
The Robert Louis Stephenson classic has been adapted by and is performed solo by James Hyland.
During his final lecture on the duality of humankind, the respectable Dr Jekyll reveals his strange association with the mysterious Edward Hyde and the shocking truth about his own identity: namely that Hyde, unlike other human beings, is not only fundamentally evil, but also the very definition of it.
Combining edge-of-the-seat thrills with incredible physical theatre, Hyland’s solo performance won Best Male Act in the 2013 Solo International Festival in London.
The following week Clout Theatre group presents The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity at the same venue.
Drawing deeply on the literature of Flann O’Brien, the play follows a post-suicide support group meeting to reflect upon their lives.
Ignoring symptoms of their own deaths, three characters guide us through the strange and disquieting landscape they now inhabit.
A plastic wasteland where domestic disputes last thousands of years, death doesn’t work and milk-drinking children make the rules.
A place of bloodbaths, shopping lists, premature burials and polite tea-drinking.
Award-winning Clout Theatre invest the production with their trademark absurdism and dark clowning in this physically bold, visually arresting and fiercely ironic piece about human frailty and the essential futility of our lives.
For more details of both productions, ticketing and other events go to www.edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre/