K. D - foreign performances


Scarlet Theatre

Werner Schwab

The Chair Women

Directing: Katarzyna Deszcz

Scenography, media: Andrzej Sadowski

Directing co-work: Grainne Byrne / Gavin Quinn

Music: Nigel Piper

Lighting designer: Mark Dymock


Grainne Byrne, Joanna Brokes, Jasmina Daniel, Abbey Norman, Nina Fog, Dulcie Lewis

Premiere: October' 2004 / Riverside Studios, London, UK


“A crackling translation by David Hale…pulsating with Schwab’s absurdist, cruel and deeply scatological world view, and acted with much relish for the grim material – this is the productions impressive heart of darkness. ”
The Guardian

“The fantasies of these women – beautifully embodied by Jasmina Daniel, Joanna Brookes and Grainne Byrne – hop from pious banality to touching naivety to shocking obscenity and back. Pan Pan’s Borgesian tunnel of camera lenses and video screens does hold a satirical sting, though: the bracing start of them watching us, watching them, watching us.”
The Irish Times FOUR STARS

“One of the festival’s most experimental and challenging shows…Schwab would likely have appreciated how this production transforms his play into a reality TV show.”
Irish Independent FIVE STARS

“Bitingly funny and unsettlingly dark.”

Cleanliness is next to hilarious in this brush with the reality of TV. Scarlet harnesses this prurient contemporary media staple for its own intellectually provocative and savagely funny ends. Scarlet's lead actresses deploy the text with relish, grounding the stylised exaggeration of their portrayals in an emotionally nuanced truth…the effect is horrifying and hilarious. As entertainment and social critique The Chair Women is both relevant and laugh-out-loud cruel.”
The Times (FOUR STARS)

“Memorable performances”
The Scotsman

“Sickeningly clever and superbly executed…. What’s unquestionable is the acting is superb and the cast draw you in…. I urge you to go”

“Scarlet Theatre, working with Director Katarzyna Deszcz and translator David Hale, find a darker and yet funnier tone…. Deszcz creates another intriguing layer for Schwab’s bizarre text.”
Time Out

photo: Mark Hartman