Noonday Demons (2018)

Posted on: May 14, 2018


Everyday at noon, in a cave somewhere in the deserts of Egypt, a demon possesses St. Eusibius and tempts him with wealth, lust and power and everytime Eusibius resists and breaks free. One day, however, another hermit, St. Pior, barges in and claims the Lord has promised him this cave. After mistaking each other for a noonday demon, the two hermits settle on an absurd contest to determine who gets to stay. This squabble quickly turns into a real fight with fatal results but who will win and what exactly is the prize?

The Play

In Noonday Demons, Peter Barnes explores a theatrical mode in which everything is simultaneously tragic and ridiculous. Written just months before Monty Python’s Flying Circushit the British television screens, the play explores radical Christianity in the same irreverent and highly grotesque manner. With a mixture of slapstick, rhetoric, religious fervour and red-blooded vernacular, Barnes creates a comic theatre of opposites. Noonday Demons was first presented with Leonardo’s Last Supper at the Open Space Theatre on 25 November 1969 in association with Gene Persson.. It enjoyed a recent revival at the King’s Head Theatre in 2015.

The Author

Peter Barnes (1931 – 2004) was an English Olivier Award-winning playwrightand screenwriter. His most famous work is the play The Ruling Class, which was made into a 1972 film for which Peter O’Toole received an Oscarnomination. Following his initial success, Barnes wrote a series of plays offering apocalyptic visions of various periods in history. In his later years Barnes turned his attention more in the direction of films, radio, and television. His screenplay for Elizabeth von Arnim’s The Enchanted April earned him a nomination for the best adapted screenplay Oscar in 1992. He also wrote several hugely successful mini-series for U.S. television, including Arabian Nights,Merlin and Noah’s Ark. For BBC Radio 3 he wrote a series of monologues entitled Barnes’s People, for which he attracted a large number of well known actors: Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Alec Guinness, Peggy Ashcroft, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.

St. EusibiusKonstantin Beck-Mannagetta
St. PiorBenjamin Scherer
Devil's VoiceMichael Darmanin/ Eva Nedwed
Producer & DirectorMichael Darmanin
Assistant DirectorEva Nedwed
SetMichael Darmanin & Lois Ellmauer
Costumes & Make UpHellmut Hölzl
PropsMichael Darmanin & Hellmut Hölzl
LightsLukas Nemec (ARGEkultur)
Sound & ProjectionsKonstantin Beck-Mannagetta
Poster DesignJosef Kirchner (ARGEkultur)
Programm & FlyerJosef Kirchner & Andreas Schachermayr
EDGS Website & PRBenjamin Scherer & Desirée Frasnelli

Thank you…

The EDGS would like to thank the English Department of the University of Salzburg, especially Dr. Hannah Wallinger, for supporting us. We would also like to specifically thank Max Wagner at the ÖH and Veronika Pernthaner from the Salzburger Amateurtheater Verband for their support as well as the Department of Culture of   Salzburg city. Thanks also to our families and friends for their patience during these last months. If you want to be kept informed about future productions of the EDGS, we suggest you bookmark our website or like our official facebook site under English Drama Group Salzburg.

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