The Fire Raisers (2008)

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Poster by Alex Robinson

by Max Frisch

Directed by Richard Watkins

Performances: Tue 15th - Sat 19th April 2008, Prompt Corner


Swiss-German writer, Max Frisch's most famous play is very black, very funny and quite weird. The play, published in 1958, and set in an unspecific modern European city, is about bourgeois reaction and fear, and the insidiousness of radical urban terror. Or you might just see it as a grotesque domestic comedy of manners.

Subversive arsonists are setting off a succession of fires, terrorising cities. Middle class, reactionary capitalist, Gotlieb Biedermann, is visited by two suspicious characters whom he allows to stay in his attic, and who may or may not be fire raisers... During the action, a Greek chorus of firemen comment on the story, and at times interact with the characters.




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Production photos by Mark Davies

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