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Danielle Tarento presents the 21st anniversary production of
The Pitchfork Disney
“Philip Ridley’s glittering, scary fairytale...gets the production it deserves”
★★★★  The Guardian
“Philip Ridley’s first play, revived under Edward Dick to mark its 21st anniversary, couldn’t be done better.”
 The Times
“thrilling and disturbing... a marvellous evening”
 The Stage
“hilarious and excruciating... a thrilling evening in the theatre”
★★★★★  The Arts Desk
“Edward Dick’s superbly acted production”
★★★★  Metro
“a mesmerically powerful performance from Chris New”
★★★★  The Independent
“perversely beautiful... exceptionally crafted... Edward Dick’s brooding revival revels in the weird richness of Ridley’s script”
★★★★  Time Out
“a fantastic show, perfectly staged”
★★★★★  Gay Times
“Nathan Stewart-Jarrett; tall, beautiful and dangerous in a sparkling jacket over bare chest”
 The Times
“Mariah Gale in a performance so raw she might as well have shed her skin”
 Sketches on Theatre
“The Arcola’s production of The Pitchfork Disney is near perfect”
★★★★  Fourthwall

 

21 years after it came kicking and screaming into the world, The Pitchfork Disney has come of age...

 

'You know why the ghost train is so popular? Because there are no ghosts. Once you know that you can make a fortune.'

 

Ten years ago something terrible happened to Presley and Haley. Since then they have lived alone in their dead parents' house. But one night their safe isolation is shattered by the arrival of Cosmo Disney, who confronts them with the scariest question of all... what exactly happened to their parents?

 

When it premiered at London's Bush Theatre in 1991, The Pitchfork Disney caused a sensation. With its barrage of barbaric and magical imagery, its gleaming dark comedy and catastrophic air of violence and sexual tension, audiences were left breathless, intoxicated and, in some cases, fleeing in terror.

 

Now director Edward Dick - following his critically acclaimed revival of Ridley's The Fastest Clock in the Universe at Hampstead Theatre in 2009 - takes on this contemporary classic and reveals that Ridley's dark and glittering vision looks today more like breathtaking prophecy.