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.

Technical Credits
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
Approximate run time
2 hours 45 minutes
including one intermission
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