Brassica Productions presents The Devil in the Belfry
Buxton Fringe Thurs 2nd July - 8.30pm (Ground Floor 86a) Fri 3rd July - 8.00pm (Workshop Room 86b) Wed 8th July - 8.30pm (Ground Floor 86a) Fri 10th July - 8.30pm (Ground Floor 86a) Sat 11th July - 8.00pm (Workshop Room 86b) The Green Man Gallery Hardwick Hall Hardwick Square South Buxton SK17 6PY £10/£8
The Devil in the Belfry is a theatrical monologue freely adapted from a short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. A solo performer (Dave Robb), portraying a distraught traveller, directly addresses the audience under the pretext of recruiting them on a mission to rid his home of the eponymous ‘devil’. Over the course of one hour, props, versatile costume pieces, character acting and a violin are used to animate the backstory, in which an isolated community with strict parochial values has been upset by the arrival of a frightening - possibly demonic - foreigner.
Drawing comparisons between the audience’s society and his own and making allusions to other notable Poe texts with which genre enthusiasts will be familiar, the piece encourages the audience to decide whether to support the protagonist’s cause, or else leave the people of the fictional town to their fate.
The Devil in the Belfry began its life with a work-in-progress showing at the Edinburgh Horror Festival in 2016. It is both a tribute to an influential writer and a satire of the current political trend towards isolationism and xenophobia. The full-length version has been developed with support from the Guest Room initiative from the National Theatre of Scotland and had its world premiere at the inaugural Cymera Festival of sci-fi, horror and fantasy literature in Edinburgh last summer.
Written and performed by Dave Robb Directed and produced by Flavia D’Avila
Touch tours available on request. For all press inquiries and images, please contact Flavia D’Avila on firstname.lastname@example.org or +447847177784.
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Praise for The Devil in the Belfry
“an infectiously madcap sixty minutes” Herald Scotland