by August Strindberg
in a version by Frank McGuiness
Directed by Roger Beaumont
Performed by The Tower Theatre
There will be a Q & A session with the director and cast after the show on Thursday 24th November
Strindberg’s portrayal of power, class struggle and the strength of sexual desire is one of the great classics of world theatre. In our version Frank McGuinness has moved the scene from Sweden to nineteenth century Ireland during the Anglo-Irish ascendancy, discovering a new slant to the claustrophobic atmosphere, the exploration of love and lust across the class barrier, and the changing roles of exploiter and victim.
Set on Midsummer's eve in the basement kitchen of a nobleman's house, we focus on the shifting relationship between Miss Julie, the daughter of the house, and John, her father's manservant. Miss Julie seduces her father's socially aspiring valet. But after the sexual thrill dies out, and with Julie's reputation and honour at stake, the relationship turns to terror, misadventure and bloodshed.
Miss Julie: Louise Bakker
John : Jack Lowe
Christine : Jill Ruane
Director : Roger Beaumont
Set Design : Philip Lindley
Costume Design : Matthew Williamson
Lighting Design : Miguel Vicente
Sound Design : Phillip Ley
Stage Manager : Dinah Irvine