What do Franz Kafka, Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Billie Holiday and a sheepdog have in common? Ghost Fruit, a new absurdist comedy written and directed by Max Wilkinson, gets its world premiere this month at Camden’s People Theatre, in a strictly limited season from 15 to 19 January 2019. Time to get booking!
Ghost Fruit is an outrageous romp across time and space. It pokes fun at a culture obsessed with the past, weaving elements of cabaret, comedy, time and place. Why do we look back and what are we looking for?
A man thinks he’s Franz Kafka living in the 1920s. But he’s not. He’s from Somerset. As his dream becomes a nightmare, he slips between different times and bodies…
He’s partying with the ghost of Elizabeth Taylor. He’s a young lady with a vintage, dead dog on her hands. He’s a cop in an American town with no crime, death or dirt until one day someone bursts into flames… And, finally, he’s back in Prague to confront the truth and embrace the present.
Max Wilkinson conceived Ghost Fruit while on a writer’s residency in Prague last summer with Potrva Theater (UNESCO). In this 70-minute premiere production, Rebecca Faith, Roberta Livingston, Michael Faulkner and Toby Rolt play 18 characters between them.
Rolt, who also produces, describes Ghost Fruit as a “jaw-achingly funny absurdist play with a heart about a psychiatrist who will go to any lengths to reach his delusional patient” featuring “a collection of interacting characters with a shared inability to live in the present.”
“Who got to the first night of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? I think Max Wilkinson has a streak of genius and is genuinely unaware of it. Book up now, or lose bragging rights to being amongst the very first to see Ghost Fruit.”
About Max Wilkinson
Writer-director Max Wilkinson has worked with Theatre 503, Paines Plough, The King’s Head Theatre, The Arcola and many others across London. He was a finalist for the Papatango Prize for New Writing, the Nick Darke Award and the Theatre Uncut Award Political Playwriting Award.
After studying Performance at Central Saint Martins, he’s been involved with Writer’s Groups at the National Theatre, The Arcola and the Finborough Writer’s Group. He’s also collaborated as a dramaturg with the Wooster Group in New York, The English Theatre Berlin and at home, with the British Museum (Shakespeare Staging The World) as well as running playwriting clubs for young adults with the Southwark Playhouse.
Wilkinson’s other recent plays include 100 Ways to Start the Fire (Theatre503 and Arcola), Hong Kong City (King’s Head and White Bear Theatres), Wansee (The Bridewell) and Dog.Dying (Courtyard Theatre).
Ghost Fruit runs from 15 to 19 January 2019, with performances nightly at 7.15pm, at the Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PY. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!