Thief, a new piece of theatre exploring the transience of beauty, will premiere at the Brighton Fringe from May 13-18, before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
Inspired by the life and works of playwright and poet Jean Genet, Thief is a dark and challenging play, not for the easily offended, says writer and director Liam Rudden, whose previous Fringe successes include Silence In Court (Edinburgh Fringe 20011 and 2013), Cock And Bull Story (Edinburgh Fringe 2011) and Killers (Brighton Fringe 2013).
Thief is an intimate piece of immersive theatre which allows the audience a more personal experience, without a fourth wall breaking the barrier between them and performer, Liam says.
“Thief was never going to be an easy play to write, nor will it necessarily be easy to watch. Consequently, the reaction, so far, from the few who have read it has been so welcome.
Thief is about Sailor, a victim who refuses to see himself as that, who fights back. Sailor has been abused all his life.
At 27 however, he is now in control of the circumstances that created the ‘monster’ he has become.
“At least that’s what he believes. Sailor is a man struggling to maintain his last ounce of humanity and self-respect, while doing what it takes to survive the brutal underworld of civilised society. His ethos of subverting accepted moral behaviour and self-expression is drawn loosely from the works and life of Jean Genet.”
Set in a timeless world of dockside taverns and the cobbled shadowlands of foggy ports, the story charts one man’s survival.
As Liam says, it’s squalid survival some still find themselves embracing even now, as much as society would like to deny that is the case.
For tickets, visit www.brightonfringe.org or call 01273 917272.