2016/17 Edinburgh & New York
1916. In the trenches of the Somme, a soldier tells stories. That soldier is Saki. As he and his fellow soldiers bear witness to a world turned on its head, they find refuge in the bizarre world of the imagination - Saki's world.
The best stories are true enough to be interesting - and not true enough to be tedious.
Atticist's first play - and the first play by award-winning children's author Katherine Rundell - premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. It won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2016 and transferred to New York's 4th Street Theatre in February/March 2017.
"Do one thing for me, Sredni Vashtar!"
Saki was the pen name of early-twentieth-century satirist Hector Hugh Munro. Somewhere between Oscar Wilde and Roald Dahl, Saki’s creations are witty, absurd, and peculiarly optimistic. Katherine Rundell is the author of The Good Thieves, The Explorer (Costa Children's Book Award), Rooftoppers (Waterstones Children's Book Prize), Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, UK: The Girl Savage), and The Wolf Wilder.
In memory of our friend Rudolph Greditor Slobins.
The stories march on, when we cannot march.
Over two sell-out runs, LIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI received 11 ★★★★★ and 6 ★★★★ reviews, including:
Eddie Arnold (Edinburgh)
Phoebe Frances Brown
Tom Machell (New York)
Written by Katherine Rundell
Direction Jessica Lazar
Set/Costume Design Anna Lewis
Lighting Design David Doyle
Choreography Ed Addison
Producers Bridie Bischoff and Tom Ford
Stage Manager (UK) Florence Walker
Additional Technician (UK) Hannah Fisher
Construction (UK) Charlotte Meakin
Publicist (UK) Chris Hislop PR
Publicist (US) Karen Greco
Right: BADGER © Charlotte Cory (created for New York 2017)
Artworks used by kind permission of the artists.