In The Ruins

by Nick Dear

Mad King George III is confined to a small room in Windsor Castle where he reflects on his life and the incredible events of the century. The only human contact he has is with his page but in the musings of a mind disturbed a whole company of the good the bad and the evil cram themselves into the stench of his prison cell. A chance to see this rarely performed play which has rightly earned the accolade of 'a tour de force'. Sunday Times

This short extract of experimental work is based on Bohumil Hrabal's novel

'Too Loud a Solitude'

Performed by BA students from the University of East Anglia

Featuring Ben Purkiss, Valerie Smith, Toby Skelton and Alexander George Grauwiler.

This new adaptation, with specially composed music by Andrew Taylor, will be developed further as an ongoing project by its creator Ann Courtney Lancaster.


"Thank you for awakening my mind, imagination and emotions in just half an hour." Tony Gash, Senior Lecturer, UEA

"It felt, almost literally, like diving into a book and the consistent 'textuality' of books and shredded paper was's what adaptation can prove itself to be!" Professor Richard Hand, Professor of Media Practice, UEA

We're developing a new play with The Keeper's Daughter. It's hilarious, tragic and features some cool music. Come catch our first ideas and feed into the development process. There are some other great theatre companies performing too!

Scratch Night, Friday 16th February. The Garage Norwich. 8pm. £5

Mad Dogs and Englishmen Theatre Company was founded by Ann Courtney in 1995. Since then it has developed a unique style of ensemble playing with a recognisable amalgamation of physical theatre and strong text.

The company has a history of productions ranging from the classical Shakespeare summer tour to new writing and exciting adaptations.

Mad Dogs regularly runs workshops for schools, colleges and other organisations that see the relevance of drama technique within their own working structure. Projects are as diverse as our audiences.

As a regional touring company we are committed to developing new rural venues for performance and new audiences for theatre. The company aims to produce the highest quality work through the commitment and talents of all its members. Combining powerful writing and innovative direction with strong visual design, we seek to create a theatre, which inspires the audience and participants and engages them in the act of imagination.