The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas – The graduation production of students from the 4th year of the acting department and 5th year of the department of directing and dramaturgy of the DAMU theatre school’s drama faculty. Dennis Kelly, one of the most fertile contemporary British dramatists, bases his work on the 1990s style of “in-yer-face theatre”, also known as cool theatre. “Most of the world believes in God, or Marx, the unseen hand of the market, or honesty, or something. They swim through life, eyes shut, taking it all on the chin, getting fucked. But a minuscule fraction of the population knows the real nature of life. To those people is given the world. The rest of the world will always be meat to them, cattle, animals to be hunted. We’re a secret society, we don’t have handshakes, we don’t have meetings or wear silly costumes, but we exist and we know each other. And when we see each other we smile, and inside we say to each other: “Look at those idiots. Why are they so stupid? Why don’t they just take what they want, like we do?”” The play in many ways draws on the tradition of European drama: the moral conflict at its core represents a variation on the Faust theme; the model cut of the play has its roots in the mediaeval morality play, while the use of the chorus and the emphasis on the fate of the individual in the order of the world draws on ancient drama. The play combines text surfaces with dramatic situations, and with its synthetic structure lends itself to the application of an unusually wide range of staging approaches. A distinctive element of the production is the original music by composer Jakub Borovanský, performed live by students from the Prague conservatory. The production won the Mark Ravenhill Award, given annually to the best Czech theatre production of a new work of drama.
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