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Cyanide at 5

15 November 2022 to 26 November 2022 King’s Head Theatre

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This haunting psychological drama centres around a meeting between two women: a novelist and a seeming fan, a younger Jewish woman whose mother was a victim of the Holocaust.

Written in 1996 by dissident Czech playwright and novelist Pavel Kohout, whose experiences inspired two Tom Stoppard plays, Cyanide at 5 is the unfolding of a meeting between two women: a novelist and a seeming fan. Zofia, a writer whose only novel has made her rich and famous, is flattered by a visit from Irene, a younger Jewish woman whose mother was a victim of the Holocaust. And for whom Zofia had an unrequited passion. But Zofia’s novel has chimed with Irene in a darker way. She has a bottle of cyanide in her handbag.

Director Peter Kavanagh said, “I am fascinated by this play. It’s full of dramatic surprises, and life-changing revelations - for both characters. Kohout’s fine writing mixes dramatic language with metaphors on his own craft: authentic authorship.”

Company Information:

Directed by Peter Kavanagh, Written by Pavel Kohout, Designed by Tara Kelly, Produced by Maddy Chisholm-Scott and Peter Kavanagh.

Cast

Zofia- Lise-Ann McLaughlin

Irene- Phillippa Heimann

Further Information: Cyanide at 5 | What's On | King's Head Theatre (kingsheadtheatre.com)

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