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Performance: The Dark Outside by Bernard Kops (2019)

17 January 2020, 18:30

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Bernard Kops
by Ida Kar
1957-1958
NPG x134748

Bernard Kops, one of the greatest British writers of our time, presents a reading of his new play, The Dark Outside, directed by Pamela Howard.

The Dark Outside is the latest play from the ever-creative 93-year-old writer Bernard Kops, presented as a rehearsed reading prior to an eventual fully staged production. Kops deals with the issue of our times - the conflicts and struggles of a family trying to keep together, while the world outside is ever increasingly chaotic and desperate. Sometimes, a writer and poet such as Kops can elucidate the state of the nation with astonishing clarity and find the words that many of us are feeling and thinking. Although the play appears to be a domestic drama, it is set against the visual metaphor of an ancient 400-year-old mulberry tree protecting the family in the garden. This ancient tree is a symbol of longevity and hope, often known as the Tree of Life, reminds us of the mystical healing power of Mother Nature.

Directed by Pamela Howard.

Cast:

Paul       Stephen Greif
Helen     Katharine Cullison
Penny    Miranda Keeling
Ben        Max Olesker
Sophie   Eleanor Crowe

Bernard Kops was born in the East End of London in 1926. He has written more than thirty plays, nine novels, two autobiographies and won many awards. "He mixes realism and fantasy in a way that recalls Chagall" - Financial Times