Stunning piece of work

DAVID Hughes and Al Seed re-unite at Dundee Rep Theatre tonight (Thursday, April 21) to present a radically reworked version of their contemporary and visually shocking interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, ‘The Masque of the Red Death’.

The Red Room is intense and complex. It has been described as a stunning piece of work, fast-moving, dramatic, performed with demonic energy and sly polish.

Barricaded in his opulent abbey-mansion a prince entertains a party of revellers whilst the world outside teeters on the brink of apocalypse.

But as long as the wine flows and the music plays, what reason have they to care?

Weaving a multitude of dance traditions with extreme physical theatre this collaboration is a true horror show for the stage.

David Hughes is one of the U.K.’s most acclaimed dancers, having worked with DV8 Physical Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Siobhan Davies Dance Company.

Al Seed is artistic director of the Conflux project, creative associate of The Arches and was the winner of a Fringe First 2004, and a Herald Angel 2008 for “The Fooligan”.

Capturing the underlying themes of mortality, hedonism, madness and the end of the world, the diverse company of performers weave a multitude of dance traditions – ballet, break dancing and contemporary dance.

This is a wonderfully atmospheric production, dripping decadence and cruelty.

It seduces and manipulates its audience as expertly as Prince Prospero trifles with his courties – it’s nasty in the nicest possible way!

Ticket details from the box office on 01382 223530 or dundeereptheatre.co.uk

This show contains scenes of mild sex and violence.