Astrakhan Winter - Venue 34, Adam House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
7-29 August 2005, 3.00pm
Astrakhan Winter is being taken to the Edinburgh Fringe by the
Cambridge ADC. (READ THE REVIEWS HERE)
This adrenalin-fuelled political fable presents characters resurrecting
the past, evicted by the present and unable to find a future. Cambridge's
finest offer a “fierce and constantly uncompromising,” (Scotsman)
style of total theatre with an original musical score.
Introduction to Astrakhan Winter by Dic Edwards:
I believe that wars are fuelled by the vanity of leaders. No matter how
much they believe in their cause or how much good they think they do,
their vanity determines that they will ultimately do the wrong thing.
It’s not for any man to declare any measure of saintliness for
himself. This is the template for Walker.
The good person is the humble refugee Smerdyakov who is doomed by his
goodness to bear the cross he is bound to invent. Other characters try
to find truth in the confusion created by Walker; limited by their humanness
they become obsessive and are driven to conclusions like Luke’s
that in the end only the terrorist will be Good.
One of my revisited themes is the notion of eviction and the idea that
normal society evicts the passionate and the truth seekers. Smerdyakov
dies because he is a truth seeker; a refugee arrived in an indecent world,
one determined by Walker’s vanity.