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‘There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.’ – Soren Kierkegaard
After a sharp and bloody conflict and the summary execution of a dictator, the people of Romania suddenly found themselves ‘free’. Caryl Churchill’s scorching examination of the events leading up to the populist uprising in 1989, and the devastating consequences in the aftermath, speaks urgently to us now. With ironic wit and her trademark theatrical flair, Churchill unpacks the helplessness of the truth when a great lie is told. Mad Forest tells an epic story about oppression; of very ordinary people who become unwittingly complicit in a grand deception.
Written by: Caryl Churchill
Directed by: Sean Mee
Presented by: Acting Company 2019 and Production