Artistic Director Michael Emans: 'Class, race, gender and power struggles – A Streetcar Named Desire is as relevant today as ever'
- Sean Greenhorn
- 5 September 2017
Scottish company Rapture Theatre stage a new adaptation of the Tenessee Williams classic
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Scottish touring company Rapture Theatre stages Tenessee Williams' classic Pulitzer prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire, following their success with Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?.
Under the direction of artistic director Michael Emans, the production aims to transport Scottish audiences to mid-century New Orleans. Gina Isaac (National Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Joseph Black lead the cast as Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, who find themselves clashing over the soul of Stella DuBois (Scottish actress and theatre-maker Julia Taudevin) after Blanche moves in with the young married couple.
When asked about staging this classic work in 2017, Emans comments that 'the play deals with the eternal themes of class, race, gender and power struggles – and is therefore as relevant today as ever.' Despite these larger themes, Emans sees A Streetcar Named Desire as an essentially human story with strong characterisation, familial strife and powerful, poetic language.
Established in 2000 and inspired by the work of legendary Scottish companies such as Wildcat and 7:84, Rapture believes in theatre's ability to create a space for the public to informally, and enjoyably, discuss important concepts and ideas. 'Live theatre, as has been proven over and over again, creates a direct connection with audiences' Eman says, 'it makes abstract ideas personal – what better basis for discussion?'.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Tue 5–Sat 9 Sep, then touring.