In the Tristan Bates Theatre, presented by Time Zone Theatre’s, September 2014
by Catriona Kerridge / by Karl Kraus (translated by Edward Timms and Fred Bridgham)
Karl Kraus’ epic satire responding to the outbreak of WW1, THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND is one of the masterpieces of 20th century European writing. Inspired by this text and with the support of Arts Council England and the Austrian Cultural Forum, Time Zone Theatre and director Pamela Schermann commissioned playwright Catriona Kerridge (Paines Plough, National Theatre Studio, Oxford Playhouse) to respond to its apocalyptic vision a century later. Her play SHOOT, I DIDN’T MEAN THAT, staged alongside Kraus’ epilogue, is a razor-sharp dark comedy about four women’s intoxication with the great wars - with Brits abroad, conflict tourism and a lot of disaster.
Marking the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, Time Zone Theatre and Austrian director Pamela Schermann invited British playwrights to respond to Karl Kraus’s epic The Last Days of Mankind. The resulting double-bill aims to encourage an intercultural dialogue about past and current global conflicts by combining a play by one of the most influential Austrian playwrights of the 20th century with the work of emerging British talents. Out of 100+ expressions of interest, the panel selected Catriona Kerridge's Shoot, I didn’t mean that, which will run alongside a staging of the epilogue of Kraus' epic
Director Pamela Schermann
Set & costume Mike Lee
Sound Designer Ben Osborn