The Fall of the City at ANU Arts Centre

dr_na 11 October 2011

the fall of the city

As part of an ongoing research project, director Andrew Holmes will present Pulitzer Prize-winning poet dramatist Archibald MacLeish’s groundbreaking radio verse drama The Fall of the City for Canberra audiences.

In the central plaza of a great city, a dead woman appears and delivers a prophecy: ‘the city of masterless men will take a master’. A great crowd has gathered, alarmed by the vision of the dead woman. A messenger appears to tell the crowd that a conqueror is coming. As hysteria increases, a series of powerful figures harangues the crowd: orators, generals, and priests. Written against the historical background of the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1930s, The Fall of the City explores the acceptance of tyranny and the ways in which humans give up their freedom.

WHEN Wed 26 – Fri 28 Oct @ 8pm. Sat 29 Oct 29 @ 2pm & 8pm.
WHERE ANU Arts Centre Drama Lab.
COST FREE. Seating strictly limited. Bookings essential.
TO BOOK E: for enquiries and bookings.

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