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.
Headlining the annual 96 Festival, The Soul of Wittgenstein continues at Clapham Omnibus until 25 February 2018.
Pre-show @Omnibus_Theatre. Looking forward to quizzing #Witt’s @StempRichard @ben_woodhall & director @davespencered. Follow @Another_Soup from 9pm for live Q&A coverage. And send me Qs! #SoulOfWittgenstein #96Festival cc: @KingsHeadThtr pic.twitter.com/R1xgyW7FtB
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) February 15, 2018
Event photography by Peter Jones.