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Oyster Creatives present

Oysters

A new dark comedy by Neil Salvage, with live music.

Saturday   22nd June|8pm

Oyster Creatives present

Oysters

A new dark comedy by Neil Salvage, with live music.

Heinrich von Herzogenberg, composer and conductor, is hosting a party to celebrate the first performance of Johannes Brahms’ violin concerto: among the guests are Eduard Hanslick, the critic; Josef Joachim, violinist; Fritz Simrock, Brahm's music publisher; and Clara Schumann, composer, pianist and widow of Robert Schumann.  An illustrious list.  However, Brahms’ genius is overshadowed by his self-destructive ego.  His friends are all there, but everyone is caught in a seething cauldron of passionate recriminations – and darkly hilarious outcomes.  As the evening progresses and emotions turn on a sixpence, the play moves to its extraordinary conclusion fuelled by turbulent feelings and farcical misunderstandings.

Neil Salvage (RNT and Old Vic) and Nicholas Collett (RSC and West End), who are also the writers of this clever piece, play all the distinguished gentlemen – together with a live violin score.  Neil Salvage looks the part as Brahms, but changes completely to play Fritz Simrock.  He is also Fritz the butler in the opening scene; three completely different characters all with interesting interactions with the three characters brought to life by Nicholas Collett.  Collett plays the insecure Heinrich, the host, and Josef Joachim, who is convinced that Brahms is having an affair with his wife.  He changes completely to give us Eduard Hanslick the critic with a vicious tongue.

★★★★★ Exceptional... The ease and polish with which these two actors change and interact is delightful to watch  -  Fran Edwards, Glam Adelaide
★★★★★ Neil Salvage and Nicholas Collett deliver brilliant performances
  -  Caleb Bond, The Advertiser
It is hardly surprising that they presented a superb piece of theatre, with Collett and Salvage playing multiple roles, and the musician speaking through the violin as a sort of instrumental Greek Chorus, commenting on and driving the action with snippets of the music of Brahms... A superb evening of theatre
  -  Barry Lenny, Broadway World.

TICKET PRICING

Standard:£14

Student:£8