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Zastrozzi – The Master of Discipline by Crude Apache

Zastrozzi – The Master of Discipline by Crude Apache

Zastrozzi – The Master of Discipline by Crude Apache

Obsession, revenge, and the agony of unrequited love come to Dragon Hall in complex psychological thriller

Norfolk based theatre company present a new production of masterful stage adaptation of
Shelley’s Gothic novel

Zastrozzi – The Master of Discipline is the latest theatre production from Norfolk’s long established Crude Apache Theatre Company – and one of the most challenging pieces they have staged.

Set in 1893 and loosely based on Percy Bysshe Shelly’s Gothic novella Zastrozzi, the play tells the story of the master criminal of Europe, and his lover Matilda who seek violent revenge upon the artist Verezzi for the murder of Zastrozzi's mother.

Only the solid form of Verezzi’s tutor Victor and the innocent beauty of Julia, the object of his affections can halt the fulfillment of Zastrozzi's bloody quest.

Crude Apache's action packed production of George F Walker’s unflinching play searches out the dark corners of the human psyche and questions the very nature of violence, lust and death. Director Jo Edye was approached by co-director of the Hostry Festival, Peter Barrow, a friend of the Canadian author, to stage the play and eagerly agreed. It is hoped that the writer will visit Norwich to see the show.

The cast of six includes Crude Apache regulars Leighton Williams as Zastrozzi), Tom Francis as the even more evil Bernardo and Tom Butterworth (Verezzi), joined by newcomers Peter Barrow (Victor), Jo Hipperson (Matilda) and Marianne Hayes (Julia).

‘It is a different style of play for us’ said Jo ‘especially when you consider our last production was a poignant comedy drama about Norfolk legend The Singing Postman!’ He continued ‘The play is highly dramatic and features many extreme sword and fist fights. We have engaged the services of not one but two professional fight directors, both fully qualified with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat to ensure that the action is realistic.’

The company are especially pleased to be returning to Dragon Hall (for the first time since the building became the base for Writers Centre Norwich) which will be an imposing and highly atmospheric backdrop for the play – and will allow the audience an intimate close up view as the drama unfolds.

Since their formation Crude Apache have presented over 50 accessible, affordable and entertaining plays in and around Norwich. Their members are drawn together by friendship, passion for theatre and a love for Norwich and the surrounding area.

Listings info:
Crude Apache presents Zastrozzi – The Master of Discipline
New production of Canadian play loosely based on Shelley novella exploring obsession, revenge and extreme violence.
Friday 11 - Saturday 19 March (not Sun 13, Mon 14), 7.30pm £10
Dragon Hall 115-123 King St Norwich NR1 1QE
Tickets and info:

Dragon Hall, King St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QE

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