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Doctor Faustus


Thu 20 May 2010, 8:00pm
Fri 21 May 2010, 8:00pm
Sat 22 May 2010, 8:00pm
Sun 23 May 2010, 8:00pm
Thu 27 May 2010, 8:00pm
Fri 28 May 2010, 8:00pm
Sat 29 May 2010, 8:00pm

Where: University Theatre - The Arts Centre, The Christchurch Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Students: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

The University of Canterbury Platform Arts Festival presents the Free Theatre production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.

Dr Faustus – scholar, magician, and proto-scientist – sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for knowledge and for becoming a black magic spectacular entertainer.

From a time when the certainties of God and nature were increasingly destabilised by the schism of the Christian religion and the birth of science, Marlowe’s Faustus is both folk hero and villain. He speaks to a contemporary audience caught at a similar, destabilising social moment, when the success of science has led to a highly technologised entertainment culture but also to the possibility of the self-destruction of the human race.

As with Faustus, our simultaneous quest for knowledge and distraction leads us into an unknown future. What are we selling our soul for? And what sort of hell awaits us?

Free Theatre’s Doctor Faustus offers a cornucopia of theatrical and filmic delights: shadow puppets, magic lanterns, trick film, conjuring, fortune-telling, optical illusions, live instrumental music, dance, song, science and other magic.

Directed by Peter Falkenberg (Artistic Director, Free Theatre, and Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Film Studies).

Presented as a part of the University of Canterbury's Platform Arts Festival 2010, a dynamic 11 day extravaganza of art, lectures, theatre, music and film.

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