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Adapted from Ă‰mile Zola's novel
by Olwen Wymark
Superby staged... on a memorable set...Durnin's ten-strong cast waltz and sashay in astonishing style. ..Nana is an unforgettable study of how a society has lost its moral compass
Born into squalor and poverty in 19th century Paris, Nana had always wanted a better life â€“ a life of money, of luxury, of fame.
But then, at the very height of her fame, Nana makes a fatal mistake and chooses the wrong man â€“ and so begins a chaotic descent back into the streets from which she came. And as she falls, she drags the rest of the world down with her . . .
When first published in 1880, Ă‰mile Zolaâ€™s classic novel was banned in Britain, its savage critique of a corrupt, decadent elite destroyed by its own appetites considered too shocking for polite society. Olwen Wymarkâ€™s dynamic, highly theatrical and sexually charged adaptation turns Zolaâ€™s novel into a powerful and provocative piece of modern drama.
Stunning... A lively affair... the 10-strong versatile cast give robust performances
"When staying in Pitlochry during the early part of the war, I chanced to see a stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to the town. I at once realised that here my dream theatre might well be established in this fashionable resort right in the heart of Scotland"â€¦ John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.