True life political drama, The Cause, is stirring emotions at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre. Jeremy James explosive story opened on Friday and runs until the ends of the month.
Set in 1963 Oxfordshire, an ageing painter seeks the help of a psychoanalyst to look into the causes of his sudden partial paralysis which seems to have no physical origins.
Memories of 50 years earlier are unlocked, taking him back to his homeland of the Balkans and Hungary in 1914 when he was a political firebrand, striving for independence, and a planned act of enormous international consequence and grave personal cost.
What emerges is Sandor’s devastating experience, the intensely personal yet massively political story of a man who was in Sarajevo on that summer’s day in 1914 when Archduke Ferdinand drove into town and a single event took place that was to shape the 20th century.
Based on actual events, The Cause explores themes of urgent contemporary resonance, of nationalism, fanaticism, youthful zeal and its exploitation by those with an extremist agenda. By illuminating events of the past, The Cause shines a stark light on the present.
The cast is Tony Wredden, Angela Dixon, Jesse DeCoste, Emma Mulkern, Robert Wilde, Alexander Stutt, Alexander Nash and Mark Joseph.
The Cause is produced by ACS Random, a company founded in 2002 with a dedication to the development of new work, from script to production, with a particular emphasis on new writing and making classic work relevant to a modern audience.
The Cause runs at Jermyn Street Theatre until March 26.