“A raw, vivid and enjoyably cheeky 90 minutes of theatre bursting at the seams with theatrical energy” – The Scotsman
From Ash Pryce, founder of the Edinburgh Horror Festival, comes a terrifying new take on a classic of theatre. The story of Faust is reputedly inspired by a real man, Johann Fausten, who was a magician or alchemist who lived in Germany in the Middle Ages. He is said to have had animals that could turn in to servants and performed all manner of supernatural feats.
Probably the most famous interpretation of these events came from Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, whose short career produced some of the finest works of theatre to rival Shakespeare.
The story follows John Faustus, tired of his current life and unfulfilled, he seeks excitement and power through a deal with the Devil. Selling his soul to Lucifer in return for 24 years use of the devil Mephistopheles.
It is a tale of horror, damnation, and doesn’t shy away from the eternal consequences of Faustus’ actions.
This new production, in part drawing on the company’s debut staging from 2008, seeks to fuse the traditional text with cabaret, burlesque, magic and horror theatre to create an immersive experience that allows the audience to experience Faustus’ excitement, passion and fear.
Not for the faint hearted, this will draw on years of experience from performers, producers and cabaret artists to present a unique and original take on a classic of British theatre.
It will be staged in the underground vaults of Edinburgh’s South Bridge, specifically in the underground rooms of The Banshee Labyrinth- Scotland’s most haunted pub. Strictly for over 18s, you won’t experience anything quite like this and you are welcomedto a tale of demonic deals, dripping blood and a taste of terror.
The performance will take place Tuesday March 20th – Saturday March 24th, The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street in Edinburgh. More information and tickets can be found here at the show’s website.
Also on the website is details on funding the production. You can get involved via GoFundMe or at a variety night fund raiser in Glasgow on Thursday March 8th. Find out more at the fundraiser Facebook.