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Posted on: 18 March 2019

Bingo, a contemporary play by Edward Bond, opens in our Studio on Friday March 22 and runs until Saturday 30.

Bingo cunningly weaves together historical fact and drama. Subtitled Scenes of Money and Death, the play uses the last days of William Shakespeare to discuss art and capitalism, and accuses both of vile inhumanity.

Matt Clothier is playing Shakespeare and the experience has been an eye-opener for him. ‘I think a lot of us feel like we know William Shakespeare, at least a little bit, although there’s really not a lot of first-hand information,’ he says.

‘But because of the plays and the poems, many of us feel very close to him. Bingo is fascinating for the new dimensions it gives to Shakespeare as a person rather than a writer, and in contemplating how his worldliness might have conflicted with his human and artistic instincts.’

Director Angela Stone has loved the Bard all her life. ‘But it was not until I read Bond’s Bingo some years ago, that I felt I was perhaps encountering something of the essence of Shakespeare – a flawed, troubled, conflicted genius; a poet and playwright supreme.’

‘Bond’s play has achieved the status of a modern classic,’ said the Guardian. The Express called it ‘tremendous… provocative and engaging’.

You can book your tickets for Bingo here. But don’t delay – our last Studio production sold out completely.

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