'Down & Out In Paris and London' at The Viking Theatre

24 Nov 2014 - 05 Dec 2014 The Viking Theatre

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DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON by George Orwell is a show that tells the story of a man, living in Paris, and determined to make a living as a writer. All does not go well however and the adventures, he is forced by his circumstances to recount, are the beginnings of a life in poverty. The play recounts the sometimes upsetting and sometimes amusing realities of being down and out. 

The play is adapted from Orwell’s account of his experiences working as a dishwasher in various Parisian restaurants in the 1920s. The work was published in 1933.

A man drifting through life in 1930s Paris, teaching English and soaking up the rich underbelly of Parisian life finds himself falling helplessly short and discovering a very different view of life: looking up from below. With a keen understanding of social inequality and a wry sense of humour, he vividly recounts his experiences of being down and out. Journey through a sepia tinted Parisian poverty and black and white industrial London with some very colourful characters - from a darkly funny Circus to the inhabitants of a Beckettian landscape.


Tickets: €12
Bookings: 087 1129970

Adapted and performed by Phelim Drew



"Phelim Drew gives an excellent performance." ***** Irish Mail On Sunday
"Drew dominates the stage." Emer O Kelly
"Captivating performance." In Dublin