Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mad Twist of Sparkling Satire

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mad Twist of Sparkling Satire

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Byline: PATRICK MARMION

MARAT SADE H Arcola Theatre, Arcola Street, E8

AT last, the polo-necked vegans of Stoke Newington have their own fringe theatre. Admittedly, it's virtually Dalston and only a stone's throw from Hackney Central, but Mehmet Ergen's laudable new enterprise (since parting company with the Southwark Playhouse), is long overdue. After all, this area boasts the highest number of artists per square inch in Europe.

More importantly, the local community is well served by this courageous opening production of Peter Weiss's 1964 play that dissects the relationship of the individual and the state. The setting is an asylum, housing the master of corporal perversion, the Marquis De Sade, and the twisted executioner of the French revolution, Jean Paul Marat. Weiss has the inmates perform a play written by de Sade and featuring the soon-to-be-murdered Marat.

The Sixties subject matter is not dated, but elements of the staged debate have slipped from the contemporary political agenda. Pitching de Sade's individualism against Marat's collectivism, the former position is more to modern Western taste, while the latter is usually dismissed as Stal- inism. But, the asylum's inmates, playing the French people, unwittingly satirise both views. …

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