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Saturday 29 June 2019

A dark comedy shining a powerful spotlight on composer Johannes Brahms - at the party celebrating the first performance of his Violin Concerto.

While observing his wit, his genius, his cruelty, his tenderness and his descent into self destructive inebriation, treating friends and associates with all the tenderness of a wrecking ball, we are propelled into a seething cauldron of passionate recriminations and hilarious outcomes.

Following his search for perfection in music, we meet a mesmerizing gallery of characters - the arthritic, embittered and ageing Clara Schumann from his past; mad, jealous, unstable virtuoso violinist Josef Joachim, pompous and waspish critic Eduard Hanslick, self-satisfied publisher Fritz Simrock and gentle friend and disciple Heinrich Von Herzogenberg. As the evening progresses and emotions turn on a sixpence, the play moves to its extraordinary conclusion fuelled by turbulent emotion and farcical misunderstandings . And laughing through our tears we are continually challenged with the questions: Why Art? What price do we pay for it? Why do we need it?


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