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'The Dying of Today' at Porters , Cardiff     

'The Dying of Today' at Porters , Cardiff
Cardiff’s first pub theatre The Other Room continues ‘Life in Close-Up’ season with Howard Barker’s The Dying of Today

Cardiff’s first pub theatre The Other Room, located in Porter’s, continues its ‘Life in Close-Up’ season with the unflinching The Dying of Today by Howard Barker, running 24 March to 11 April.

In The Dying of Today, a man walks into a barbershop with the worst news there has ever been. As a civilization falls, the conversation between barber and customer transforms both men on a scale that echoes the destruction to be found on the streets outside.

The Other Room’s Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg who is directing The Dying of Today, comments:

“The play is essentially about bad news. About how we feel compelled to share it, how even as your heart is in your mouth, some part of you is experiencing the thrill of your own survival and you feel a burning desire to tell another person, to share that feeling. I’m fascinated by that. Is it an evolutionary advantage to spread bad news? The play is the story of the military defeat in 413BC that led to the fall of Athens. A historic account claims that news of the impending disaster reached the city via a single man, who, disorientated and filthy, wandered into a barber shop and began to talk. The story he told was unbelievable but true, and spelled the end of the dream of democracy for thousands of years. I was drawn by the idea of a democratic state that believes itself to be eternal, and that falls. I remember being glued to the news on September 11 2001 and how that felt. The world changed. In 413BC, the world changed for Athenians.

The play examines our relationship with tragedy though it is, perhaps unexpectedly, a dreadfully funny play and typifies the strangeness, wit, and grandeur of Barker’s work. Our grim fascination with suffering and pain are unflinchingly interrogated and are shown at the last to be tempered by our innate empathy and ability to love.”

The production will feature Kate’s long-term collaborator, Swansea-born actor Christian Patterson (Blasted, ITV’s Mr Selfridge, Donmar, West End) and Leander Deeny (Atonement, Captain America: The First Avenger, Holby City).

The Dying of Today is the second production of The Other Room’s inaugural season ‘Life in Close-Up’, announced in early January. The first production was Blasted by Sarah Kane, and the third will be A Good Clean Heart by Alun Saunders, a brand new bilingual play abut two brothers raised apart.

The Dying of Today by Howard Barker is on at The Other Room 24 March – 11 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are available now from To keep updated on The Other Room, you can also follow the team on Twitter @TORtheatre and Facebook
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