English Repertory Theatre returned to London this week for tonight’s opening of the company’s new play, writer/director Gavin Davis’s The Narcissist, a searing look into the terrible and terrifying effect a narcissist can have on its family.
Charlie is 34, single, wealthy and having too much fun. His estranged mother, Pandora, his brain-damaged father and his parasite single brother, Felix, come to live with him.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the order of the day alongside a line or two, a tart and a large gin and tonic. Can love survive in this middle class homecoming? The Narcissist is the blackest of comedies drawing on the most sinister of collectors, one which is always spelt with two “I”s.
Davis said: “The most dangerous predators are ingeniously veiled. They lead secret lives. They lie effortlessly. They appear with a perfect public image that most people believe. In the shadows, when no one is looking, they do savage evil to their family members, their children and those that love them.”
English Repertory Theatre produces productions of popular classical and contemporary British plays, bringing the traditional craft and values of the old repertory system back to the acting profession.
The company’s production of Hamlet, starring a female Hamlet, played London, Oxford and Edinburgh last year garnering four and five star reviews.
The Narcissist plays at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, until April 9.