Preview by Paul Nelson
AT THE Greenwich Playhouse, need, desire and tango combine
in a Chilean play when Workhorse Productions presents Paper
Flowers, the story of Eva, a middle-class, middle-aged woman
who invites into her home a drifter.
Barracuda, has carried her groceries, and the scenes which follow
tease the intricacies of need and desire, of loneliness and fantasy,
of power and submission. When we give ourselves to someone, what
exactly can we give?
The show combines Chilean writer, Egon Wolff's original script
with the music and movement of tango. Wolff's drifter - like tango
- comes from the anarchy and cruelty of the streets, where (sexual)
depravity and domination are the surest means of survival.
In the struggle between Eva and Barracuda, privilege and poverty,
the outcome is as powerful and unsettling as the tango itself.
Workhorse Productions' Loucura is currently playing at
Playhouse until August 3.
Time Out said the directors 'produced a superbly haunting frame',
while Theatreworld declared the work 'a challenging piece
that I'd definitely recommend'.
The company's world premiere, in Edinburgh, of Going Down
in History was 'Find of the Fringe' for the Daily Telegraph
Paper Flowers by Egon Wolff, translated by Gwynne Edwards,
designed by Ana Mestre and directed by Pauline Walsh-Burke. WITH:
Tom Chadwick, Maria Guirao, Anna Kirke and Tim Molyneux. Presented
by Workhouse Productions July 8 to August 3 at 7.45pm, at Greenwich
Playhouse, Greenwich Station Forecourt, 189 Greenwich High Road,
London SE10 8JA (DLR / trains from Charing Cross, Waterloo East,
London Bridge, & Canon St).
Tickets £10/ (£8 concs): 020 8858 9256 or from the
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org