[After Hazlitt’s essay]2018/19
Coming Soon… a new show from the creative team behind The Tragedian. A dramatisation of Hazlitt’s classic essay ‘The Fight’, considered to be the first piece of Gonzo journalism and one of the defining pieces of prose writing from the master of observation. Just as The Tragedian anatomises Kean’s career as a way of examining the relationships between the performer, the public, fame, and infamy; so The Fight will deconstruct Hazlitt’s tale in order to examine the spectacle of violence and why we’re drawn to celebrate acts of brutality. With additional texts from a variety of contemporary and not-so contemporary sources, we’ll play with perceptions of heroic individualism and how we create heroes when daunted by global events.
“Friends, have you ever seen a fight? If not, you have a pleasure to come, at least if it’s a fight like this…”
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”