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The Plague (after La Peste) by Neil Bartlett
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The Plague (after La Peste)

by Neil Bartlett

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This is the script of the play that was taken from the 1947 novel written by Albert Camus and adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett, which four friends and I saw at the Arcola Theatre in London on 14 April 2017. The novel, one of my all time favorites, is set in the Algerian coastal town of Oran, which has been beset by bubonic plague. In this adaptation the novel has been pared down to involve only five of its most essential figures, led by Dr Rieux, the story's protagonist, who answer questions posed by an investigative committee and provide detailed accounts of what they observed and personally experienced, starting from the discovery of the first dead rat and ending with the day that the main gates of the town wall were opened, marking the official end of the plague nine months later. Bartlett did an excellent job in extracting the essential elements of this classic work and adapting it for the stage, using only Camus' own words, to permit it to be performed in a taut 85 minute work. Seventy years later Camus' masterpiece is as relevant as it was in the aftermath of the horrors of World War II, and I would highly recommend seeing this superb adaptation of one of the greatest and most important novels of the 20th century. ( )
  kidzdoc | Apr 18, 2017 |
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