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27th February, 2023

In The Solitude Of Cotton Fields


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27th February, 2023
End Date:
2nd March, 2023
Courtyard Theatre, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Bernard-Marie Koltès (1948-1989) was arguably the greatest French playwright of his generation, and In The Solitude Of Cotton Fields is his most significant and original text.

Staging a tense confrontation in an abandoned place in the middle of the night, In The Solitude Of Cotton Fields is a dialogue between two anonymous characters, a Dealer and a Client. The former seems to have something to sell but the latter isn’t buying. As each attempts to outmanoeuvre the other, the object of their negotiation changes along with their relationship itself. Poised on the knife edge that separates commerce from combat, Solitude explores the uncertain space that opens up when the pursuit of mutual understanding shuts down.

Reconfigured as a polyphonic work for seven performers, this production of Solitude dramatises a situation in which people are compelled to relate to each other in transactional terms — but then stubbornly refuse to do so.

By Bernard-Marie-Koltès

Translation by Jeffrey Wainwright

Performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT

Designed & produced by BA (Hons) Theatre Practice

Movement MA Movement: Directing & Teaching

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