large scale youth theatre project for Storm on the Lawn
Written by Nicola Baldwin (from novel by Thea von Harbou)
Directed by Steve Marmion
An epic tale of oppression and the struggle for freedom. Joh Fredersen is Master of Metropolis, his tyranny is turning people into machines. Rebellion is brewing. His son Freder falls in love with the leader of the peaceful rebellion, Maria, an underground worker. Inventor Rotwang, creates a robot Maria to confuse the workers and stir up violence. The result is catastrophic.
Storm on the Lawn is an annual summer project from the egg at Bath Theatre Royal. Metropolis was performed by a cast of 80 young people at Prior Park Ball Court in August 2008, designed by Tom Scutt with music by Tom Mills. Von Harbou’s book was the basis for the 1927 Fritz Lang film, for which she wrote the screenplay.
A triumph. It’s worth risking flood and tempest to experience this extraordinary Storm.
Guardian Theatre pick of the week
“Nicola Baldwin is adapting the script for this year’s production, following her highly popular adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf for last year’s Storm.” Wiltshire Gazette
Photo credit: Nick Spratling