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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde     

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson was first published in 1886. Not a single decade has gone by without an adaptations being produced in every conceivable media form, Film, television, musical or stage presentation.

The story represents a concept, that of the inner conflict of humanity's sense of good and evil An examination of the duality of human nature and that the failure to accept this tension results in the evil being projected onto others In Freudian Theory the thoughts and desires banished to the unconscious motivate the behaviour of the conscious mind. If someone banishes all evil to the unconscious in an attempt to be wholly and completely good, it can result in the development of a Mr. Hyde-type aspect to that person's character .

Jung emphasized the importance of balance and harmony. He cautioned that modern people rely too heavily on science and logic and would benefit from integrating spirituality and appreciation of unconscious realms. He considered the process of individuation necessary for a person to become whole.

Cardiff based, Irish writer Mark Ryan also has a new play ‘Danger! Animals at Work’ in rehearsal with Spectacle Theatre. In this contrasting play, in his conversations with both the charming and urbane Dr. Jekyll and with the ‘irascible’ Mr. Hyde Jung seeks to find his individuation in his quickly changing subject (s). The result is a gripping and at times hilarious tale of discovery. A bright and witty exchange of dialogue between Dean Rehman as Jekyll and Hyde, one of the On The Edge regular actors recently seen in the company’s sell out production of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter and Cardiff based actor Christopher Morgan, playing Jung, who as artistic director of Theatr Y Byd commissioned and directed the play back in 1977 when it won The Scotsman’s Pick if the Day award at the Edinburgh Festival. In that production the part of Carl Jung was played by Simon West who now directs this present production following his very successful direction of Gwyn Thomas’ best know work The Keep presented in the highly regarded On The Edge, State of the Nation season.

Chapter, Cardiff – Tues. 12 May, 8pm - £3 on the door
The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea – Wed. 13 May, 7.30pm - £3
The Riverfront, Newport Thurs 14 May, 7.45pm - £4
 
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