Gratiano
  • Adelaide Fringe

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero " just a minor character, the plucky comic relief " but he never thought he played the villain. In this challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' we read between the lines of the original tale, examine the true nature of the characters, and ask just how Mussolini managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves, and by doing so we get to explore the politics of hate both in the 20th and 21st Centuries. From the team behind 'The Unknown Soldier'. 'It's a masterful performance, a smart spectacle and a further testament to Ericson's growing magnificence as a modern playwright and performer.' British Theatre Guide

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