Following a £1.3 million redevelopment, The White Bear Theatre has recently re-opened. It’s first production Brice Stratford’s professional world premiere production of Orson Welles’ first play, Bright Lucifer.
Jack Flynn’s in movies – “creature features” – quite the celebrity, as far as men in rubber masks go. Celebrity enough that when his wife disappears in a flurry of sex scandals and drug parties, his face ends up on front pages. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Jack retreats from the world with his brother Bill to an isolated family cabin, planning a long weekend of whisky, fishing and brotherly love. All doesn’t go to plan. As the brothers descend into madness and paranoia, only one question matters; who or what is Eldred Brand?
Orson Welles started writing Bright Lucifer at just 16 years of age. His first solo-authored work, the script flirts with incest, paedophilia, whisky, God, the Devil, death, illusion, monsters, murder, love, hate, and everything in-between. Only recently rediscovered, Bright Lucifer has never had a full run or been professionally produced; this will be its premiere, with the blessing of the Welles Estate.
Bright Lucifer runs at the White Bear Theatre from 8 November – 3 December 2016.