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.
Nauseated by the hectic character of Athenian democracy, the poet Euripides took refuge in the congenial tyranny of remote Macedonia. Here he created his greatest and most dangerous work, and here he perished in terrible circumstances. In Howard Barker’s startling interpretation of events, the philosopher Plato, barely out of his adolescence, and with an adolescent’s moral intransigence, is sent to fetch the genius back to the Western world…
With, Richard Cotton, Nigel Hastings, Suzy Cooper, Tom Hanson, Elizabeth Healey, Oliver Bennett Directed by Hanna Berrigan