ABSENCE OF KNOWING: FOUR MEN & DOG PLAY
Four Men: an intense epic thriller by Flemish writer and rock musician Elvis Peeters. Set somewhere in the remote mountains of Eastern Europe, it combines revenge drama with psychological thriller as four drifters set out on a journey to avenge a crime against a young woman, without knowing that the enemy is closer than they think.
Dog Play: A woman a man a bed dog play. Desire to the edge of violence dog play. Sex to the edge of death dog play. ‘I’m standing naked in an open field. I can hear the dogs. They’re right behind me.’ The howling of dogs will drive out every other sound.
Dog Play + Four Men: driving into the unknown horizons of the animal in us all.
It is the physicality of the production which most impresses. … Live performance, the movement of bodies … we sense the possibility of something new.
– Andrew Fuhrmann: RealTime (for Quick Death/ Slow Love)
Witty and entertaining. The cast and the precision with which they are directed are a pleasure to watch. This is a show which could not exist without erudition and thought and the focussed collaboration of cast and designers.
-Michael Brindley: Stage Whispers.
Written by Elvis Peeters
Directed by Richard Murphet
Performed by Rob Meldrum, Tom Dent, Tim Wotherspoon, Emma Tufrey Smith and Jackson Trickett
Set design by Eloise Kent
Lighting design by Kris Chainey
Sound design by Roger Alsop
Stage Manager: Jacqueline Mates