Wiener Festwochen 2021: THE INEQUALITIES

The Inequalities is the title under which up-and-coming British author and director Alexander Zeldin has chosen to combine three thrilling, stand-alone evenings of theatre into a capitalism-critical trilogy. These works are to be presented together for the first time in Vienna: a unique opportunity that’s not to be missed!

Various forms of inequality are today more visible and acute than ever, due to the pandemic and, in Britain specifically, the changes in circumstances resulting from Brexit, with affluence and the elites on one side of the social balance and poverty and precarity on the other. They penetrate to the very core of each individual, ultimately creating all sorts of (un)certainty above all else.

‘Theatre gives us the chance to really see life,’ says Zeldin, whose works take a magnifying glass to the seemingly ‘smaller’ stories. His realism is shaped by the urge to portray societal truths on stage. In-depth research and involving people in the development and performance of his pieces who have genuinely been affected are the foundations of his work.

LOVE, Beyond Caring, and Faith, Hope and Charity all work as stunning, stand-alone evenings of theatre; but in combination, as The Inequalities, they span a multi-faceted arc which, overall, greatly amplifies the intensity of its individual elements.

© Alyssa Schukar
© Sarah Lee

LOVE

Eight people are housed together in temporary accommodation. How are they supposed to live in this fragile community, with their needs and fears colliding within such a confined space? With its keen instinct for the subtleties of human interaction, LOVE propelled Alexander Zeldin into the limelight of international attention.

BEYOND CARING

Here Alexander Zeldin places the audience in the makeshift staff room of a meat processing factory. The individual fates, worries, fears and, ultimately, the complex hierarchies between employees and those working on zero-hours contracts are subtly played out by the five actors. Almost like a documentary, Beyond Caring highlights the inequalities of the work environment.

© Sarah Lee

FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY

The soup kitchen of a community centre in a major city somewhere in Britain. In Faith, Hope and Charity, Hazel, the thoughtful and considerate cook, dishes out hot meals to those in need. Despite all the disputes and conflicts, a tender community nonetheless emerges. With his ensemble of professionals and untrained actors, Zeldin portrays the different lives that exist on the margins of society.

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Wiener Festwochen 2021:
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