The Dance of Death
About the book…
Transposing Strindberg's epic cycle from Sweden to an isolated British Army garrison off the west coast of Ireland between 1913 and the Easter Rising of 1916, Carlo Gebler's adaptation sheds new light on the imaginative underpinnings of contemporary Ireland and reinvigorates StrindbergÍs original and then-revolutionary autopsy of marital fidelity and despair.
Critically acclaimed on its premiere at London's Tricycle Theatre in 1998, this new version is a painfully honest yet salutatory investigation of public hypocrisy and private despair. It vividly portrays a marriage, a caste and a society on the verge of atrophy and despair.
Behind the dark laughter, the Dance of Death sings with a contemporary relevance-uncomfortable, challenging yet profoundly memorable.