Founded by award-winning artistic director Moji Kareem, Utopia Theatre is about fusing sound, music, image, dance, video, puppetry, storytelling and text to create extraordinarily evocative images on stage. They are committed to bringing to life the magic of theatre through innovative productions that engage and communicate directly with the audience, and offering an intellectual rigour and visual flair to productions.
This spring they are launching with the rarely performed classic play, The Shepherd’s Chameleon – an absurdist farce.
Written by the man who turned the world of comedy upside down, Eugene Ionesco, this is your chance to escape the drudgery of everyday austerity and embrace the madcap world of absurdist comedy. In this fast paced physical production, the playwright is the shepherd and the world of theatre a chameleon. Take a ringside seat and watch Ionesco take on his theatrical critics in a ridiculous battle of wits that you won’t want to miss.
‘A vicious circle can have its virtues too! So long as you get out of it on time!’
EUGENE IONESCO (1909–1994) was a Romanian and French playwright and dramatist, and one of the foremost playwrights of the Theatre of the Absurd. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco's plays depict in a tangible way the solitude and insignificance of human existence. His work includes ‘The Bald Soprano’, ‘The Lesson’, ‘The Chairs’, ‘The Killer’ and ‘Rhinoceros’.
Moji Kareem directs this 60-minute physical rendition of Ionesco’s play.
MOJI KAREEM is the artistic director of Utopia Theatre. Previous theatre directing credits include: House of Corrections (Riverside Studios) Pandora’s Box (Arcola Theatre, London) Wake Me When It's Time (York Theatre Royal, York), The Maids (York St John theatre Studio York), The Shepherd's Chameleon (York St John Theatre Studio, York) and The Duchess of Malfi (York St John theatre Studio, York). In 2011 Moji Kareem was awarded the York Theatre Royal graduate prize for her technical directing skill and the creation of a strongly conceived and polished production for The Shepherd’s Chameleon.
The cast includes Thomas Solberg (Ionesco), Lucie Chester (Bartholomeus I), Olivia Nicholson (Bartholomeus II) and Sarah Sharman (Bartholomeus III).
Join us as we take you on a journey into the literary and intense workings of one writer and his ongoing struggle to find sanctity from five relentless scholars.Find out the exact definitions of theatricality,the correct pronounciations of vice versa,the difference between Aristotle and Adamov and why a man of the theatre ought to be stupid.
The Shepherd’s Chameleon Dates: 8-25 May | 7.30pm | Sat matinees 2pm, 11, 18, 25 May | Press Night: 14 May, 7.30pm Venue: CLF Art Café, The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane. London. SE15 4ST | www.clfartcafe.org Box Office: 020 7732 5275 | Tickets: £5 Monday’s, £10 previews, £12 For preview tickets: 8-10 May, click here
For tickets from 11-25 May, click here For £5 Monday tickets