By turns infuriating and intoxicating, Kaspar is a chaotic, inventive meditation on language and identity. The story is an abstraction of that of Kaspar Hauser, a mysterious speechless boy who appeared in a German town in 1828, after sixteen years spent alone in a dark room. He is ‘made to speak through speaking’. Inventing his own theatre syntax, a combination of clown, poetry, and sound, Austrian playwright Peter Handke allows us to listen differently and to reflect on how language is forced upon us by a society where conformism is the norm and received speech an almost tyrannical exploitation of the individual. Handke’s work has been described as ‘the most strikingly original of all post-war European writing’ by The Times. Aya theatre company makes challenging, fresh and unusual theatre in non-traditional spaces.
* The run of this play has been extended until 12 February 2011. To book tickets contact the Southwark Playhouse.
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