The Apollo Theatre’s 49th season continues apace with the multi-award-winning, black comedy God of Carnage, originally written in French by Razmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton.

Director Steve Reading asks: “What happens when 2 sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their 11 year old sons? A calm and rational debate between grown ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly, or a night of name calling, tantrums and tears?”

The answer gives us an iconic Olivier and Tony award-winning play rich in humour and thought-provoking themes.

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The setting, a Paris apartment, home to one of the 2 couples who make up this talented cast, hosts a superficially civilised discussion which degenerates into an evening of mutual dislike and insults: the author herself noted: “My plays are about people who are well brought up but lose control of themselves.”

With its oblique commentary on the price of success today, God of Carnage is a sharp and extremely funny observation of contemporary social mores.

God of Carnage opens at the Apollo Theatre on 5th November and runs until 13th November(not Sunday or Monday) at 19:30. Tickets may be booked at or from the box office on 01983 210010.

Maureen Sullivan is a regular contributor to Island Echo’s coverage of the Arts on the Isle of Wight. Maureen has been actively involved in the Island’s amateur dramatics scene for several years, appearing in many different roles and guises with several theatre companies. In her free time, Maureen also writes and reviews at

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1 month ago

Best hope the ‘hate crime’ watching Police are not in the house if ‘insults’ even in ‘jest’ are used.

What a society we have allowed politicians to have Great Britain become


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