The Last Supper of Dr Faustus
THE LAST SUPPER OF DR FAUSTUS
A very broad adaptation of Marlowe's play, this dark cabaret combines Marlowe's text with original verse, new dialogue: plus songs, a live band, burlesque, a sit-down meal and a real Satanic mass.
The audience are invited to eat with the eminent Doctor Faustus, and the menu is a crucial part of the show. Between courses, a cabaret version of Faustus' life story is performed by a company of devils. Tonight is his last night on earth.
I wrote/ compiled the script, a diabolic mash-up of The Bible. Marlowe, Nina Simone and me.
I really enjoyed working on the musical 'book' with composer Nick Underwood . This was a two-way process where sometimes I wrote lyrics and he scored them, and other times he gave me the tune and I found the words for it. Often with rehearsals happening around us.
"A meal at Mephistopheles' table: a wondrous way of luring the audience a new into the perennially powerful Faust legend. Blood-red soup is more than just a gimmick: it involves all present in a black communion, while the devil presents a cabaret with such stars as the Seven Deadly Sins. The show is full of confidence and panache, sympathy for the devil has rarely been so entertaining." The Scotsman 23/8/96 (Fringe First Reviews)
"Anita Sullivan rewrites Marlowe with admirable disrespect... total theatre from soup to nuts." Independent on Sunday 20/8/96 Matthew Sweet.
"The dastardly doctor gets his comeuppance in raunchy, demonic cabaret." The Guardian 19/8/96 Michael Billington.
"Anita Sullivan's profane humour... would shame Ken Russell. A ravishing interpretation that transforms a familiar morality play into eminently digestible Fringe fare." The Evening News. 20/8/96 Liese Spenser