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Everyman (Faber Drama)

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To take a 15th century morality play and adapt it to a largely secular, wealthy, and liberal modern audience without alienating them, but without taking god out of it? Everyman’s prime sin also lies not so much in seeing money as solution to any problem as in ignoring ecological reality. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions.

With classics such as Ted Hughes's The Iron Man and award-winners including Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse, Faber Children's Books brings you the best in picture books, young reads and classics. Otherwise Duffy has given us a rich text full of haunting lines such as the sudden recollection of “the mad joy of a school playground”.One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. Everyman is also a sharp-suited figure first seen celebrating his 40th birthday with a hedonistic wingding full of coke, booze and, in Javier De Frutos’s choreography, wild, swirling dance. This takes nothing away from its emotion - it's just as capable of expressing Everyman's anger, confusion, hybris and acceptance of death.

Please note this production contains adult content including strong language, scenes of drug and alcohol use, depictions of vomit and references to self-harm. There is a potential problem in seeing a rich tosser in the high-income bracket as a modern Everyman but Duffy solves it by suggesting he symbolises our indifference to the future of the planet.The play swings between the hyper-spectacular and the poignant, the perfectly choreographed scenes with Ev’s friends and the gold, dazzling, personifications of materialism pitched against moments with his dying parents, and flashbacks to his childhood. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, this new adaptation by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was presented at the National Theatre, London, in April 2015. But Ejiofor is at his best in the play’s closing moments when he acknowledges the miracle of life while accepting the reality of death.

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