after La Peste by Albert Camus
Adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett
directed by Lilicherie McGregor
The Plague is a compelling adaptation of Albert Camus’ story written in 1947 about living through a time of crisis. Adapted in 2017, Neil Bartlett uses five actors and only Camus' words. The characters navigate a world of growing confusion and high stakes with Bartlett exploring human nature and the diversity of reactions to the unfolding crisis. Sound familiar?
This is a play for the times with The Guardian UK describing it as "ingenious". As we watch this now in 2021 it will be hard not to recognise the past year that has played out. The Plague is concurrently playing in the Hong Kong Arts Festival with women women in Cantonese, and in English with six actors in six other countries.