Make own Faus­tian pact with clas­sic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Literature -

THE Grad­u­ate Dra­matic So­ci­ety (GRADS) is per­form­ing a sea­son of Christo­pher Mar­lowe’s Doc­tor Faus­tus at UWA’s Eiz­a­bethan-style New For­tune Theatre un­til March 28.

Direc­tor Stephen Lee, who also plays four roles in the pro­duc­tion, said Mar­lowe’s master­piece was thought­ful, darkly funny and in­tensely truth­ful.

“In a real tour de force of jug­gling dif­fer­ent styles, Mar­lowe's play swings from pow­er­ful and im­pas­sioned po­etry to broadly hi­lar­i­ous com­edy as Faus­tus frit­ters away his time in a se­ries of prac­ti­cal jokes and showy mag­i­cal tricks,” Lee said.

“And fi­nally, as his last hour ticks away, Faus­tus must face his own demons and strug­gle with his pride to ask God for­give­ness.’

Lee moved to Perth from Lon­don in 2002 and di­rected his first play at New For­tune Theatre, The Tam­ing of the Shrew, in 2003.

Since then he has worked on GRADS pro­duc­tions Much Ado about Noth­ing, Mid­sum­mer Night's Dream, Noises Off, What the But­ler Saw and Aladdin.

Bookings for Doc­tor Faus­tus at www.grads.org.au.

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