The Wrestling School is a European theatre company based in London that explores the relationship between language, performer and audience through the work of Howard Barker.
Considered one of the major writers of modern European theatre, Howard Barker's plays fearlessly explore power, sexuality and human behaviour with a poetic and compelling language that is rich in ideas, beauty and dramatic violence. In his Theatre of Catastrophe each performance is a challenge in which actors and audience are inspired to find meaning and resonance from a multiplicity of interpretations.
winning Wrestling School has a reputation for outstanding productions
of these texts, inspiring enthusiastic
audiences with their highly theatrical and imaginative use of language,
sound and image.
Love, truth, sex and war collide in this exhilarating double bill by Howard Barker, “England’s greatest living dramatist” (The Times).
This is the London premiere of Howard Barker’s dark comedy The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo. Isonzo is blind, witty and 100 years old; Tenna is blind, beautiful and just 17. On the day of their wedding a battle of wits commences in which bride and groom discover the other is far more of a match than they had bargained for. Nicholas Le Prevost (The Rivals, Man and Superman) voices Isonzo as power-play abounds in Barker's fearlessly imaginative drama. This ground-breaking staging, set in a world of mysterious sound and mischievous light, heightens the senses with a 3D audio experience transmitted through over-ear headsets.
Then, Catherine Cusack (Bingo, All That Fall) takes on the title role in a timely revival of Barker’s war masterpiece, Judith: A Parting From The Body. On the night before battle, Judith enters the enemy camp to kill the Assyrian general, Holofernes. Her land is at stake - but what of her heart and mind? In his radical reimagining of a legend, Barker lays bare the complex sacrifices of human beings at war.
Both plays are directed by Robyn Winfield-Smith, whose revival of Barker's Lot and His God was nominated for several Off West End Awards.
★★★★ “Robyn Winfield-Smith’s shrewd, searching production is full of light and dark and boasts a quartet of terrific performances” The Guardian
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This production is in the final phase of fundraising to meet the production costs total via a Kickstarter campaign, through which they are aiming not only to raise these necessary funds, but also to ensure a creative community is built around the project. They are offering a range of great rewards and benefits in return for support. You can find all the details here