Penetrator. by Anthony Neilson. Short Play / 3m. “This superbly crafted play thrusts in the male psyche with a rigour and insight which is by turns hilarious and. Sentimentalism then, if this is what sentimentalism is, seeps into Penetrator, Phil Croft’s revival of Anthony Neilson’s ‘in-yer-face’ drama – a. “Anthony Neilson’s superbly crafted play thrusts into the male pysche with a rigour and insight which is by turns hilarious and horrific but always compulsive” .

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However, the atmosphere changes dramatically when Tadge, Max’s old friend from primary school, arrives claiming to have been discharged from the military after being held by the ‘the penetrators’.


Theatre has the possibility to be fast, reactive. But theater, typically, isn’t about lessons. It is easily the toughest. But ppenetrator a writer there’s not the money on the fringe and – if I’m honest – the prestige. Glasgow’s Fear No Colours must be commended for their attempts to bring this show back to Edinburgh, realising the potential it has today.

That’s why people don’t take their medication. What are the best shows to see in ? Not long after meeting him I wrote the first draft of a play that became Shopping and Fucking; Penetraator directed a reading of it. Alan and Max touch hands only once and fleetingly when Max tries to calm him, but we learn that there is far more going on between Tadge and Max than conversational tricks, and far more that Alan cannot understand.


Let’s hope, for their sake, it’s deeper than the play. By now, the play has actually opened; and critics have offered their reactions for themselves. Theatre, finally, needs to rise to that challenge. Eighteen months later, I bumped into him at the opening night of Shopping and Fucking in the West End. Dissocia is an ambitious piece, a vast dreamscape with mental illness as its central theme.

The Playwright and the Work.

Penetrator | Samuel French

Okay Find out more. Mental illness, friendship, past times. There’s a huge joy in it. There should be new stuff springing up all over the place. Penetrator more than does the trick. I think if somebody’s never been to the theatre neioson, and stumbles in, they would hopefully still enjoy the work.

Just three nights before anthonu latest play, Unreachablehad its official opening night at the Royal Court in London, a friend saw a preview. It is the kind of danger that will not quite, here at least, fulfil itself on stage. Read more articles by Verity Healey. Of course, he’s being sardonic.

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Neilson rarely goes to the theatre. Isn’t that a rather romantic idea of mental illness?

I ahthony kind of dragged into her world. All rights whatsoever in this play are strictly reserved and application for performance etc. The play opens next week in Edinburgh’s plush Lyceum theatre as part of the international festival. Refresh and try again.


I’ll say ‘All right?

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Her plays may not have been as intense, but she would have been better, and her plays a more accurate response to life.

This is more like The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland, something that might be analogous to mental illness. If you care about the theatre, you have to try to find new forms that work and are accessible.

His father’s not his real father, he says. Anthony Neilson is one of our most confrontational and frequently controversial playwrights, whose work — as well as manner of working — sometimes infuriates as much as it provokes. At some point something like a conventional rehearsal must have taken place – lines learned, moves organised – but I never saw it.

Jonas Hansen marked it as to-read May 01, It becomes antjony you know. Johan Persson Features Interviews. There is now, as opposed to about 10 years ago, something strangely metaphorical about being an actor.