Following an acclaimed development season at London’s King’s Head Theatre, The Soul of Wittgenstein transfers next month south of the river to Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre for a three-week season to headline the theatre’s 96 Festival. Watch our trailer and interview with director and stars – then get booking! Also, don’t miss Mates co-founder Terri Paddock’s post-show Q&A with the team on Thursday 15 February 2018.
1941. Guy’s Hospital, London. A battered copy of War and Peace. An illiterate Cockney dying of cancer and a philosopher handing out pills. Their world is determined by these facts. But is it defined by them?
Written by Ron Elisha, winner of four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, The Soul of Wittgenstein is a pertinent, engrossing, confrontational, yet tender, new play. It asks what happens when we open up, when we put aside our differences, and when we force ourselves to feel. If a dying man questioned what you were doing with your life, how would you answer? And would it be something that you were willing to admit?
The Soul of Wittgenstein is directed by Dave Spencer, also artistic director of Another Soup, and stars Richard Stemp as the famous Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and Ben Woodhall as John Smith. The premiere production is designed by Mayou Trikerioti with associate Cecilia Trono, sound by Rachael Murray and lighting by Clancy Flynn. The Soul of Wittgenstein is presented by Another Soup in association with the King’s Head Theatre.
Ron Elisha is a multi award-winning Australian playwright whose plays have been produced throughout Australia, as well as the US, UK, New Zealand, Canada, Poland, Israel and France, and have won a number of awards, including four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, the Mitch Matthews Award and the Houston International Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay.
Director Dave Spencer‘s credits include Window (Bread & Roses Theatre), Victorian & Gay (Hope Theatre), Lovett + Todd and Dorian Gray (both at the King’s Head Theatre). He was recently associate director on Family Tree by Night Kitchen Cabaret, a co-production with RADA Festival, and on the King’s Head Theatre’s production of La Boheme at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios.
The Soul of Wittgenstein runs at Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 0QW from 6 to 25 February 2018, with performances (80 minutes) Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday matinees at 4pm. Tickets are priced £15 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Go behind the scenes with The Soul of Wittgenstein director Dave Spencer and stars Richard Stemp and Ben Woodhall as they prepare for the Clapham run.