What’s the point of philosophy? According to Ludwig Wittgenstein, as portrayed in Ron Elisha’s moving and thought-provoking two-hander The Soul of Wittgenstein now running at Clapham Omnibus:
“It creates the illusion of knowledge. Which gives one a sense of order. Which, in turn, suggests a measure of control. Which rolls back the waves of raw fear.”
That should have been one of the favourite lines I cited in the post-show Q&A I chaired with director Dave Spencer and stars Richard Stemp, who plays Wittgenstein, and Ben Woodhall, who plays the fictional Cockney illiterate John, a dying patient that Wittgenstein meets while working as a porter at Guy’s Hospital in 1941 London.
Watch Another Soup theatre company’s Facebook Live video for the full Q&A during which, in addition to favourite lines, we learned quite a lot about Wittgenstein’s life beyond London and talked about love, literature, the time-difference benefits of working with Australian playwrights, dead legs and potential mishaps with ironing boards, amongst other topics.
The Soul of Wittgenstein continues at London’s Omnibus Theatre until 25 February 2018.
Event photography by Peter Jones.