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Everyman (Faber Drama)

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From a dramaturgical point of view, there is not much to the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman.

Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes. View image in fullscreen Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Everyman is forced to face the spiritual consequences of his materialist life.I sense this probably falls in the Noah/Cloud Atlas/The Green Knight/Avatar uncanny valley of being too sincere for the secular and too mystical for the religious, but that's my jam. Ev”, our universal protagonist and bad-boy banker, literally falls into the opening scene of his fortieth birthday party (he descends onto the stage, dangling in mid-air).

It tells a well-known story, of man’s journey from sin to salvation in the face of death; its characters are flat personifications with pre-determined roles to act out. This takes nothing away from its emotion - it's just as capable of expressing Everyman's anger, confusion, hybris and acceptance of death. Its setting is thus a rooftop, where the 40-year old hedonistic financier is celebrating his birthday. National Theater Live subscription 8: This was so directly in my wheelhouse it is the whole damn wheelhouse. Please note this production contains adult content including strong language, scenes of drug and alcohol use, depictions of vomit and references to self-harm.Otherwise Duffy has given us a rich text full of haunting lines such as the sudden recollection of “the mad joy of a school playground”. Although the play takes its roots from the moralist Christian literary tradition, much like Hugo von Hofmannsthal's rendition - Everyman is portrayed in a balanced way and carefully nuanced. But Ejiofor is at his best in the play’s closing moments when he acknowledges the miracle of life while accepting the reality of death.

Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence, in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools. Lastly, the author sprinkles the play with a good deal of humour, especially with the character of Death. The big achievement of both Duffy and Norris is keep the framework of the original while suiting the content to a secular society.While the religious framework of the morality play may no longer ring true for many in a modern audience, questions of responsibility, duty and conscience, the audience is reminded, still have their place in our secular times. Caledonia, Cymru, East Midlands, North East, Northern Ireland and the South West bring the voices of their regions. Didn't care for Carol Ann Duffy prior to the play, had to study so much of her poetry in school, but what a clever and unique adaptation. While Ev’s lifestyle is clearly, as the play also demonstrates, not all humankind’s, it does point towards Duffy’s universal enemy: a corporate world that glorifies individualism and risky choices, hones materialistic desires and, most importantly, creates in its inhabitants a complete lack of responsibility.

I managed to watch Rufus Norris' exceptional staging of "Everyman" at the National Theatre's streaming service with Chiwetel Ejiofor playing the main role. I saw this play when it was at the NT and found this updated version very powerful-- however, I have always found it to be powerful, no matter the version.

A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, this new adaptation by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was presented at the National Theatre, London, in April 2015.

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