“The Lottery” is based on a short story originally written by Shirley Jackson and published in The New Yorker in 1948. In this play things are not always what they seem; even on a day that is sunny and clear the threat of darkness looms. Many critics view the story as a modern-day parable which addresses a variety of themes, including the subjugation of women, the danger of ritualised behaviour, and the potential for cruelty when the individual submits to the tyranny of the status quo. At the time of adapting this story the threat of Donald Trump loomed large and the world that he envisaged did not seem far removed from the one Jackson described in her story. In a world that is becoming increasingly polarised this story feels more relevant than ever.
Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February at 7.30pm