Adapted and performed by Phelim Drew
“Phelim Drew gives an excellent performance” ***** Irish Mail On Sunday
“Drew dominates the stage”….Emer O Kelly
“Captivating performance”…. In Dublin
A Show in a Bag
A man drifting through life, in early 1930s Paris, teaching English and generally soaking up the rich underbelly of Parisian life, finds himself falling helplessly short and discovering a very different view of life, looking up from below. With a keen understanding of social inequality and a wry sense of humour, he vividly recounts his experiences while down and out. Going from a sepia tinted view of poverty in Paris to the more black and white existence in and around London, through characters from a darkly funny Circus to the inhabitants of a Beckettian landscape.
DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON by George Orwell, Adapted by Phelim Drew is a show that tells the story of a man, living in Paris, and determined to make a living as a writer. All does not go well however and the adventures, he is forced by his circumstances to recount, are the beginnings of a life in poverty. At times funny and entertaining, from meeting a host of wonderful characters to slaving in Hotel and restaurant kitchens and finally to tramp the streets of London it also peppered with the poignant realities of being “At last, genuinely, down and out”.
Based on when George Orwell in the late 1920’s went “ underground” and worked as a dishwasher in various restaurants in Paris and spent time on the road as a tramp in the London environs ,culminating 15 years later in the publication of “1984″.
Show in a Bag is an artist development initative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (Copyright, 1933) by permission of Bill Hamilton as the literary Executor of the Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell.