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The Crocodile

Thursday 15th August & Friday 16th August, 2013

Age of Anxiety

Music: Llywelyn ap Myrddin

Director/Choreographer: Alex Sutton
Designer: Ben Gerlis
Co-Costume Designer: Mike Leopold
Costume Supervisor: Fiona Pollard
Lighting Designer: Christopher Nairne
Production Manager: Mike Leopold
Stage Manager: Roshni Savjani
Executive Producer: Age of Anxiety
Producer: Fleur Mellor
Press: Anne Mayer
General Admin: Joss Carr
Puppet Designer/Builder: Roger and Julie Lade
Make Up: Reuben Kaye
Press: Anne Mayer
General Admin: Joss Carr
Assistant to Ben Gerlis: Jess Hudsley
Music Director: John Murton

Philip: Kris Belligh
Semyon: Leandros Taliotis
Ivan: Graham Neal
Elana: Kristy Swift
Ignaty: Peter Corry
Franz: James Soller
Mutter: Jane Webster
Maid: Christina Petrou
Reporter: Alexander Beck
Crocodile: Caroline Mathias
Flute: Ruth Stockdale
Clarinet: Richard Russell
Trumpet: Freddie Bols
Percussion: Ollie Taylor
Guitar: Grant Dowse
Piano (rep): Louisa Ridgway
Violin I: Lucia D’Avanzo
Violin II: Xandrija Edwins
Viola: Bethany Britt
Cello: Frederique Legrand
Double Bass: Hattie Scott

The Crocodile tells the story of the showing of the great beast at a great high society party in St Petersburg University at the turn of the twentieth century. Surrounded by his acolytes, Dr Philip Philipovich and his chums Semyon and Ivan are hard at work finalising the last details of a press conference when disaster strikes and Ivan is eaten whole by said Croc. What are Philip and Semyon to do? How will they explain what has happened, and how will they get it past Ivan’s diva wife Elana? It is a sharp and witty study of what happens when the logic of progress and culture starts to crumble around us and we refuse to accept our fundamental desires.

Recommended reading: Fydor Dostoyevsky, The Crocodile