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Dimitry Devdariani
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Dimitry Devdariani theatre director
   
Dimitry Devdariani theatre director

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Threads  
The show consists of five monologues written by great French writer, poet, artis, playwright and film maker Jean Cocteau. He was one of the major figures in surrealist movement and strongly influenced 20th century European theatre, film and visual arts. Cocteau's murrals can be seen today in London's Notre Dame De France church.

Cocteau's monologues were initially written for people like Edith Piaf, Jean Marais and Maria Casares. But despite being powerful and deep pieces of theatrical writing the monologues are hardly ever performed today. The final monologue is taken from the play Infernal Machine. All five monologues convey characteristic themes of Cocteau; solitute of a modern man, longing for love and true human connection, philosophical and mythological aspects of his work.

The show is titled "Threads" because we see each monologue as a thread of a certain colour; when woven together they create the actual fabric of the production. The idea came from Cocteau's deep fascination with ancient, and particularly, Greek mythology. The Greek goddesses of Fate spin their threads and by doing so create a destiny or life path for each individual. So does the character played by Karlina Grace-Paseda. In our interpretation she represents the Fate/Death mystical entity.

However, the monologues are chosen in such a way that they touch upon every colour in Cocteau's rich palette. The show starts with an almost comical, very down to earth monologue of a spoiled provincial diva and ends with the poetic speech of an Egyptian Sphinx.

The show is performed by the talented French actor, Gilles Guillain, who is supported by the extremely experienced and multi-skilled English actress, Karlina Grace-Paseda.

8th, 9th, 10th, 19th & 22nd November, 2019

At the Tea House Theatre
139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL

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Monologues by Jean Cocteau
   
The Man with the Flower in His Mouth  
An hour long retelling of Pirandello's story of a meeting of two perfect strangers. One of them suddenly opens up to tell the story of his life and that of potential death. This play, alongside with Six Characters in a Search for an Author, is one of the most famous and influential works by Sicilian writer Luigi Pirandello. In it's day this short one act piece shocked the audience and challenged the very nature of classical theatre. Can it still do it today? Come and find out for yourself.

This short, but riveting and incredibly important work by the Italian dramatist has been performed many times. It was also made into a film on several occasions in it's native Italy and in Britain. In fact, it was a first ever drama adaptation produced by the BBC in 1930.

The play earned its popularity not only due to the fame and talent of the author, but also because of the themes it touches upon; life and death, love and loyalty, human need for kinship and understanding. The piece was written in the early twenties, when the world hung in a fragile, illusive stillness between two horrendous wars. Death has suddenly become a daily occurance, seen and encounted by everyone. That has urged writers and artists on the whole to seek it's new, less threatening interpretation that would made the phenomenon of death seem less disturbing and, to a degree, more acceptable. As a result many works like "Man With the Flower in His Mouth" and Cocteau's "Orpheus" were created. They offered a more poetic, almost "beutified" image of death and conjured up an entirely new type of symbolism that could only emerge in the brutal conditions of the twentieth century.

In many ways "Man With the Flower in His Mouth" is an ideal example of that harrowingly beautiful style of writing.

15th, 16th & 17th December, 2019

At the Tea House Theatre
139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL

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The Man with the Flower in His Mouth
 
 
Lynn Ruth Miller  

Strength mixed with fragility, thirst for life and a never-failing sense of humour and a generous, loving heart...

If you are well familiar with the London Fringe scene, I'm sure you already guessed who am I talking about. Of course, it's the one and only Lynn Ruth Miller!

I've been lucky enough to know Lynn Ruth for ten years and for all this time we have cherished one artistic dream — to stage a show based on her life.

It won't necessarily be a comedic one, but a production which would reflect on the ups and downs of Lynn's long and rich life, without shying away even from some of it's most painful moments.

In that show laughter would be mixed with tears and all other numerous emotions that weave the tapestry of human life. It wouldn't be a cabaret, or a laugh out loud evening, but one that would cause the audience to truly feel, think and reflect.

A few years ago we were able to create a radio version of this idea. True, it was always meant for stage, but radio theatre with its huge variety of sound effects and pauses gave it a whole new perspective. Now, however, finally, it feels like the time is right for our idea to materialize on stage.

So, please, wish us luck and watch this space, as they say!

Lynn Ruth Miller
 
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