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No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming

BY Kabuku PR | 20-Sep-2017
This October, Sport For Jove and The Seymour Centre present Howard Barker’s pertinent political play, NO END OF BLAME, as part of the Seymour Centre’s Reginald Season for 2017. Set over six decades of the 20th Century, this rarely seen and immensely daring and original play follows the European odyssey of two passionate and provocative artists, one a painter the other a cartoonist, silenced by regulation and censorship, but refusing to give in. Barker’s extraordinary writing, razor sharp in its comic and tragic intensity, satirises the nature of our right to freedom of thought and speech, leaving corruption spreading through the land, uncovering the gruesome and savage nature of censorship, both behind the iron curtain and in the apparently ‘free world’.
This October, Sport For Jove and The Seymour Centre present Howard Barker’s pertinent political play, NO END OF BLAME, as part of the Seymour Centre’s Reginald Season for 2017.

Set over six decades of the 20th Century, this rarely seen and immensely daring and original play follows the European odyssey of two passionate and provocative artists, one a painter the other a cartoonist, silenced by regulation and censorship, but refusing to give in. Barker’s extraordinary writing, razor sharp in its comic and tragic intensity, satirises the nature of our right to freedom of thought and speech, leaving corruption spreading through the land, uncovering the gruesome and savage nature of censorship, both behind the iron curtain and in the apparently ‘free world’.

With a brilliantly talented cast including Akos Armont, Sam O’Sullivan, Danielle King, Lizzie Schebesta, Bryce Youngman, Angela Bauer, Amy Usherwood and Monroe Reimers, the production is under the direction of Sport For Jove Theatre Co’s award-winning Artistic and Managing Director, Damien Ryan (STC’s The Father, SFJ’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Antigone).

“Barker’s use of language is as remarkable as Shakespeare’s to me”, says Ryan. “He is an astonishing writer, challenging and supremely difficult in his approach to communicating vast human ideas with effortless intelligence but with a caustic, brutal sense of humour and refusal to offer neat packages of meaning to an audience. He is a theatrical magician, debunking all attempts at careful ‘relevance’ and yet remaining deeply powerful and insightful in his harpooning of the institutions we subscribe too and rely on. This play could not be more topical for a world where the political cartoon has become both a weapon of the people and a thing to kill or die for.

“We are thrilled to have three of Australia’s finest artists working on original pieces for the many art works in the show. The great cartoonists – Cathy ‘Wilcox’ and David ‘Pope’ – are creating all of the play’s cartoons through their original prism as Australian provocateurs, and the extraordinary Nicholas Harding, one of our most revered artists is creating the figure studies and portraits for the audience to feast on. It is a huge honour to be working with such adventurous and talented artists.”

NO END OF BLAME uses the political cartoon as the driver of the story, both the most innocent and yet most satirical device. This dangerous and savagely funny play could not be more relevant to our modern world and its new brand of war, journalism and self-expression. With a thrilling sound design by Alastair Wallace, full of exquisite Hungarian works, NO END OF BLAME is a visual and aural feast for the senses.