‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ Tackles the Politics of Fear

Posted by Beat Magazine on 26/7/16.

Welcome to a world where money creates monsters, democracy is a myth, and the justice system is submerged in darkness. 

Acclaimed Director Phil Rouse presents a modern take on Bertolt Brecht’s allegory The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, featuring a darkly humourous and rough fable on Adolf Hitler’s rise to power through the grimy lens of 1930s Chicago.

This satire combines American gangster movies with Richard III, depicting Arturo Ui and his thug gang in the Cauliflower Trust employing corruption, intimidation, violence and extortion in order to take over the vegetable trade.

Rouse cleverly applies satire to a Brechtian-style 2016 Presidential Election setting, depicting today’s world of Trump, Clinton, Bernie, Brexit, Super PACs and the far right’s rise, effectively intertwining the state of conservative politics in the 21st century with the classic text.

Check out The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui at Theatre Works on Monday August 22 to Saturday September 10. Tickets available via the Theatre Works website.

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