The Soul of Wittgenstein at Omnibus Theatre
Wednesday 13 December 2017
Drama - Festivals - London Fringe - Shows
One of our 5-star rated shows makes a welcome return to the London theatre scene next February, once again with Dave Spencer at the directorial helm ...
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Written by Ron Elisha, winner of four Australian Writers' Guild Awards, The Soul of Wittgenstein is one of those plays that grabs you almost from the first word of dialogue and then holds tight of you for the duration.
An admirable example of powerful drama and superb writing, it is also "pertinent, amusingly confrontational, yet tender".
We caught it at the King's Head Theatre in Islington, back in July of 2016.
Now, it's due to make a much-deserved and welcome return this time at Clapham's Omnibus Theatre as part of the venue's 96 Festival.
The play is once again directed by award-winning Dave Spencer, who last time round "didn't put a foot wrong in bringing this moving story to life".
A two-hander, the play asks what happens when we open up, when we put aside our differences, and when we force ourselves to feel.
It focuses on philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 to 1951).
Already Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge by 1939, as the Second World War raged Wittgenstien 'found it intolerable that a war was going on and he was teaching philosophy'.
So he got a job as a dispensary porter at Guy's Hospital in London, delivering medicine to patients in the wards.
And that is exactly where Ron Elisha's play starts.
Going by what we saw last time round, this production should offer a real theatre-going treat - a must see!
Guy’s Hospital, London.
A battered copy of War and Peace.
An illiterate Cockney dying of cancer and a philosopher handing out pills.
Is this all that defines them, or could they become something more?
Richard Stemp (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
Ben Woodhall (John Smith)
Author: Ron Elisha
Director: Dave Spencer
Designer: Mayou Trikerioti
Lighting: Clancy Flynn
Sound: Rachael Murray
Producers: Another Soup in association with the Kings Head Theatre
1 Northside (The Old Library)
London SW4 0QW
6 to 25 February 2018
Running time: 80 minutes
£15; £12 concessions