Co-Artistic Directors of Morphic Graffiti, Luke Fredericks and Stewart Charlesworth, have announced their new adaptation of William Wycherley’s restoration comedy The Country Wife.
Thrust into the excesses and seductions of late 1920s London: a city exploding with a heavy mix of jazz, gin and scandalous affairs the production, directed byLuke Fredericks, runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 28 March to 22 April 2018, with a press night on 4 April.
‘’Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power”.
Renowned Playboy, Harry Horner, has made it known in the Society pages that he is now impotent. For the jealous husbands, this cunning lothario is neither a threat to their wives nor their reputations.
Meanwhile, business brings the newly married Jack Pinchwife to the city with his much younger wife Margery in tow. Dazzled by everything laid out in front of her, Margery is determined to savour it all and nothing, regardless of the consequences.
This is the Twenties, the ladies are now very much on top and they alone will decide what, and indeed who, comes their way. With the decadence of the London social scene and the creative and sexual revolution of the ‘Bright Young Things’ movement, it won’t just be the hemlines that are rising at Southwark this spring.
About Morphic Graffiti
Luke Fredericks and Stewart Charlesworth worked separately as performers and met while wearing stilettos and doing the Time Warp in the European Tour of The Rocky Horror Show. The pair have had extensive careers working in the West End, nationally and internationally. With Fredericks working as a theatre director and Charlesworth as a theatre designer, the two combined their passions to create Morphic Graffiti, with the aim of creating work that is recognised for its creativity, artistic integrity and quality. Their inaugural production Jekyll and Hyde (Union Theatre) received rave reviews and was listed in The Stage newspaper’s Top 100 Highlights of the year.
The production attracted the attention of its Oscar-winning co-author Leslie Bricusse, who approached the company to work on his pre-existing piece based on Sherlock Holmes – The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes! (Hoxton Hall). The company then presented the critically acclaimed, sell out revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (Arcola Theatre). The production garnered 5-star reviews and 4 Off West End Award nominations. Most recently Morphic Graffiti were the creative team behind the revival of cult classic Bat Boy: The Musical (Southwark Playhouse). The company were proud to be awarded the highly regarded Stage One Bursary for new producers for both Jekyll and Hyde and The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes!
The company also run Morphic Education, their learning and participation wing, that runs workshops and masterclasses that compliment all of Morphic Graffiti’s productions.