Theatre Royal Plymouth - Scenes From An Execution

Theatre Royal Plymouth - Scenes From An Execution

Directed by Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Staff Director Nik Partridge, Scenes From An Execution is a darkly humorous and provocative play that asks fundamental questions about the role of an artist, the State and the obligation of both to reflect the truth.

Galactia, one of the most talented and renowned painters of her generation, is commissioned by the Venetian State to create a mural celebrating their naval victory over the Ottoman Empire. But, determined to present the brutality and suffering of conflict in her painting, she finds herself at direct odds with the wishes of the State. Resolute in her choice, she risks losing everything for the sake of artistic integrity.

Nik Partridge said: “Scenes from an Execution is a fascinating play, looking at the individual’s relationship to the State and the challenges of creating and maintaining artistic integrity in the face of increasing authoritarian pressure. It touches upon many contemporary themes, including the representation of conflict and the role of art in society. This will be a bold and urgent production of one of the great political plays of the 20th century, brought to life by the ever fantastic People’s Company at Theatre Royal Plymouth.”

Scenes From An Execution participant Vince Sutton said: "We're halfway through rehearsals for Scenes From An Execution. It has been a really exciting experience so far, exploring Howard Barker's fabulous script. It's been challenging, it's been funny, and it's been inspiring. Our director, Nik, has given us a brilliant insight into Barker's version of 15th Century Venice and guided us as we have brought some wonderful characters to life. We've got a great team and I, for one, am really looking forward to the next stages of developing the show and bringing it to the stage at the end of June. "

Tickets are priced at £9 and can be booked online at or by calling the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222. Concessions are available.

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