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Blood on the Cat's Neck

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Blood on the Cat's Neck views the world through the eyes of an alien observer, Phoebe Zeitgeist.

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Blood on the Cat’s Neck

Date: 2 Apr 2019

First performed in 1971, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Blood on the Cat’s Neck views the world – and much that is wrong with it – through the eyes of an alien observer, Phoebe Zeitgeist.

Fassbinder weaves a tapestry of petty nastiness, jealousy, insecurity, bullying and domination as an ever-shifting cast of characters move closer towards Phoebe’s orbit and their own bloody fate. Hilarious and horrifying, Blood On The Cat’s Neck is a vibrant reminder of why the German rebel remains one of the most unique and revolutionary voices in theatre history.

“I think the theatre being made in Germany in the 1970s is really worth reexamining today,” says director Saro Lusty-Cavallari. “It’s so haunted by the stain of Nazism, of what these artists’ parents did, that there’s a really constructive sense of nastiness and misanthropy at play.”

“With Fassbinder, I think all his work is trying to find fascism in the micro, in our everyday interactions – it’s kind of the anti-Brecht in that sense. It’s a sweeping look at all the different ways we tear each other down, exploit each other and look for the cause of our problems in people less powerful than us.”

“These issues were really plaguing the children of the Nazi generation and I think they’re sadly increasingly relevant today as the world keeps sliding back to that poisonous ideology.”

This Montague Basement production features Alex Chalwell, Jack Crumlin, Jenwell Deneo, Deng Deng, Laura Djanegara, Deborah Galanos, Alice Keohavong, Emma Kew, Brendan Miles and Annie Stafford.

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