About the Play:
It is Midsummer Eve on a country estate in the 19th Century. While the Count is away visiting relatives his daughter, Miss Julie, has elected to stay behind, inviting herself to the servant’s festive barn dance. Fixing her gaze on Jean, the Count’s Chief Valet, she follows him into the estate’s kitchen where Kristin, the Count’s cook and Jean’s fiancé, is concluding a long day’s work. A playful power struggle between servant and master ensues as the ambitious valet reciprocates Miss Julie’s attentions.
Left alone together, Jean and Julie drink and talk sharing memories, dreams and secrets as their desire for each other quickly escalates. Passions are ignited and their relationship swiftly consummated, but their mutual attraction does not go unnoticed. The life-and-death consequences of their actions become all too real in the cold light of the next day, as they desperately try to control the situation. Ecstatic devotion and lustful impulse turn to dread, disgust and paranoia as the fated lovers turn on each other in a bitter struggle for survival.
In creating the production we have focsued on a particular way of working inspired by Yevgeny Vakhtangov’s Fantastic Realism and Nikolai Demidov’s organic acting approach. Both were contempories of Stanislavski in the early 1900s but created their own approaches. Vakhtangov’s work in particular influenced the work of Lee Strasberg creator of The Method.
“If you examine the work of the Stanislavski System as made use of by Stanislavski, you see one result. If you examine it in the work of one of his great pupils, Vakhtangov — who influenced our thinking and activity — you will see a completely different result. Vakhtangov’s work was skillfully done, his use of the Method even more brilliant and more imaginative than Stanislavski’s, and yet Vakhtangov achieved totally different results.” Lee Strasberg
In this production you will see the actors switch between being ultra real, grotesque and extreme whilst all the time working organically in the moment.
This is a very rare opportunity to see this kind of work.
Cast and Creatives:
Direction: Brian Timoney
Movement direction: Kieran Sheehan
Cast: Nick Cameron, Victoria Wiseman and Lisa Daintry
Dates, Time and Venue:
Dates: October 20th – 22nd 2017
Venue: The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6EU
Tickets: £12 concessions, £15 full price.