Sports Play by Elfriede Jelinek

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Sports Play by Elfriede Jelinek

  • 13 Jul 2013 — 14 Jul 2013
  • 7:30AM

Translated by Penny Black with translation assistance by Karen Jürs-Munby

Directed by Vanda Butkovic

Following the critically acclaimed run of Sports Play by Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, which coincided with the London 2012 Olympics, Just a Must is reviving the play for two nights only at the Camden People’s Theatre (13-14 July 2013) before embarking on an international tour.

Sports Play explores, with angry wit, the marketing and sale of human bodies and emotions in sport, questioning our obsession with fitness, body image and high performance at any cost. Blurring the boundaries between theatre and sport, this performance turns Jelinek's linguistic gymnastics into an Olympian feat for the actors and audiences alike.

Just a Must was founded by producer Berislav Juraic and director Vanda Butkovic to introduce postdramatic theatre in translation to British and international audiences. The company’s work focuses on showcasing exciting authors who have generally been neglected in the British and international performing arts arena.

“Bristling with ideas and fierce feeling” The Guardian

“A marathon effort lifted by humour” The Times

"...unlike much of the theatre you'll see in this country..." 5 stars *****, One Stop Arts

" ...the production has managed to pull off that mainland European, postdramatic, post-Brechtian aesthetic so well, despite many of the actors being British... a success in British theatrical terms....This is an acutely intelligent rendering of an important bit of literature."
Andrew Haydon, Postcard from the Gods

Imported 1822

Camden People’s Theatre

58-60 Hampstead Road
London NW1 2PY