1941. Guy’s Hospital, London. A battered copy of War and Peace. An illiterate Cockney dying of cancer and a philosopher handing out pills. Their world is determined by these facts. But is it defined by them?
Written by Ron Elisha, winner of four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, The Soul of Wittgenstein is a pertinent, engrossing, confrontational, yet tender, new play. It asks what happens when we open up, when we put aside our differences, and when we force ourselves to feel. If a dying man questioned what you were doing with your life, how would you answer? And would it be something that you were willing to admit?
After an acclaimed development season at the King’s Head Theatre, The Soul of Wittgenstein transfers to Clapham Omnibus for three weeks to headline the theatre’s 96 Festival, a season of theatre and music that champions progress, achievement and possibility for everyone.
The Soul of Wittgenstein stars Richard Stemp as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Ben Woodhall as John Smith. It’s directed by Dave Spencer and designed by Mayou Trikerioti.
For the Q&A on Thursday 15 February 2018, I’ll be joined by the production’s director and stars.