Victory - Shaw Festival Theatre

What must one widow do to give her husband a proper burial? Not for the faint of heart, this is the most offensive play you haven’t yet seen.
Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre
July 14 - October 12
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Brutal and brilliant, this controversial play by Howard Barker is set in the aftermath of Charles II’s Restoration on the throne of England. The central character is Mrs Bradshaw, a 17th century widow fighting to give her puritan husband a proper burial — but to achieve this, she must take on a world where base instincts are rampant and language is wielded as a weapon. How much of her own human dignity is she willing to risk? Powerful and challenging, this play may enrage you, but it won’t leave you.

Warning: Victory is deliberately offensive. The playwright brilliantly explores the use of language as a weapon. It is not for the squeamish and contains very strong language.

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By Howard Barker
Directed by Tim Carroll
Designed by Rachel Forbes
Lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte
Music direction, original music and sound designed by Claudio Vena
Movement direction by Esie Mensah
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