Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408167410.00000003
Acts: 2. Roles: Male (4) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

A marvellously bizarre series of sketches inspired by Victorian travelling shows, Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness is a curious miscellany of tricks, jokes and melancholy.

In 1881, the famed and enigmatic impresario Mr Edward Gant presented his renowned travelling show for the final time: a spectacle of grotesquery, tastelessness, black comedy, mystery and magic realism presided over by an opiate-addicted actor. Over a century later, Neilson has reconstructed this intriguing and fantastic historical event. With a cast that includes a girl whose face sprouts pearls and a teddy bear desperate for an imaginary cup of tea, it is a theatrical piece combining the melodrama, extravagance and painful loneliness that characterised a Victorian freak show.

Neilson's play offers a strange and beautiful exploration of sadness and mortality, probing the nature of theatre and spectacle. It was first performed in 2002 at The Drum Theatre at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.

From Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Anthony Neilson

ISBN: 9781408119525

Series: Modern Plays

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