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Lights go out for new Lichfield Festival show

Guilty Feet Have Got No Rhythm

Guilty Feet Have Got No Rhythm

After last year’s success with Tales of Terror, Walsall-based theatre company The Happiness Patrol returns to the Lichfield Garrick with a newly commissioned production for the Lichfield Festival.

Guilty Feet Have Got No Rhythm, a live radio play staged in complete darkness, is based on Salome, Oscar Wilde’s once-banned Biblical tragedy which subsequently inspired Richard Strauss’ electrifying opera. It appears in the Lichfield Garrick Studio July 14 and 17, ahead of future performances in Melbourne, Australia during 2011.

Salome is desired by the stepfather she cannot stand and adored by the Captain of the Guard. But she is rejected by the one man she wants: the charismatic prophet who has captivated her. Humiliated, frustrated and enraged, Salome is caught in a whirl of dirty dancing and decapitation, played out under an angry sky filled with meteor showers and crowned by a blood-red lunar eclipse.

But in The Happiness Patrol’s new take on Wilde’s thrilling drama, no-one will see any of this. To commemorate the centenary of the very first radio play, the company reimagines Salome and its notorious Dance of the Seven Veils in a live performance which will be staged in complete darkness.

In a pitch black auditorium, seven actors bring Salome’s scandalous story to life using live sound effects, a new translation of Wilde’s original French text, songs by Roxy Music, Dusty Springfield and Julio Iglesias – and the limitless power of your imagination.

For tickets, call 01543 412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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