Dates and Times
6 May 2014 to 17 May 2014 at 7.30pm
Presented by Just a Must.
Marking two decades since the playwright’s death, Just a Must presents the English language premiere of this forgotten masterpiece by Austrian writer Werner Schwab.
This is a brutal and irreverent piece about what happens when an emerging stage production is sabotaged by outsiders. Following a dispute with the cast, the director replaces all the actors with pensioners from a nearby home for the elderly. But the ‘forgotten and dispossessed’ gradually start to question the director’s authority, leading to a ‘coup d’état’ where the theatre’s cleaning lady is selected as the group’s leader.
Werner Schwab was only 35 when he was found dead in his room following a drinking spree in 1994. He was the undisputed star of German-speaking theatre who effortlessly rose to fame for his unique talent with language and his darkly humorous, confrontational narratives. In only four years, he completed fifteen plays with Dead At Last, No More Air (Endlich tot, endlich keine lufth mehr) being his last.
Directed by Vanda Butkovic
Dramaturgy by Diana Damian Martin
Translated by Meredith Oakes
Designed by Simon Donger
Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London
Just a Must was founded by producer Berislav Juraic and director Vanda Butkovic to introduce post-dramatic theatre in translation to British and international audiences. The company’s work focuses on showcasing exciting authors neglected in the British and international arena. Productions include the English-language premiere of Sports Play by Elfriede Jelinek (UK and international tour), the UK premiere of Woman Bomb by Ivana Sajko (Tristan Bates Theatre) and first revival of Holy Mothers by Werner Schwab. The company also co-produced Tom Lyall’s Defrag_ at Camden People’s Theatre. Take a look at their website here.
Reviews for Dead at Last, No More Air
"Just a Must's commitment to introducing European theatre in translation to British audiences is both exciting and necessary" – What's on Stage
“My pick for this week … The plot alone makes me want to give a round of applause” – What's Peen Seen
“Very entertaining [with] a few very funny sequences… An impressive production with a committed cast and brisk direction” – Londonist
On Just a Must’s production of Sports Play (CPT, July 2013)
"Unlike much of the theatre you’ll see in this country…" – One Stop Arts
"Vanda Butkovic’s production is a playful and dexterous thing, unflinching and refreshingly unafraid to mess with theatrical convention…" – A Younger Theatre
"This is an acutely intelligent rendering of an important bit of literature” – Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods