By Eugène Ionesco
Adapted by Gruffdog Theatre
The Michael Pilch Studio, Oxford (June 2016)
The Royal American Institute, Oxford (July 2016)
Producer Conor Jordan
Director Pete Sayer
Head Designer Daisy Pearson
Lighting Designer Ed Saunders
Sound Designer John Paul
Costume Designer Rachael Ince-Kitson
Set Designer Ksenia Kulakova
Puppet Designer Molly Nickson
Assistant Designer Suzie King
Musical Director Gaetano Iannetta
Production Manager/DSM Cealach McKeating
Marketing Manager Daisy Cutts
Stage Manager Ruby Day
ASM Juliet Flamank
“Sometimes, one does harm without meaning to, or rather allows it to go unchecked”
One day, a rhinoceros stampedes through a French provincial town and crushes a woman’s cat. Initial outrage turns to lenience as anger turns to empathy and over the course of three acts, the townspeople unknowingly metamorphose into everything they once feared, until only one person is left in a town stricken with ‘rhinoceritis’.
Ionesco’s absurdist analysis of political extremism, mob-mentality and conformism continues to be fiercely relevant. Gruffdog Theatre presents his startling tale with puppets, music and ensemble movement.
"...there aren’t many plays that leave you speechless as the actors take their final bow: still less that fully deserve a standing ovation. Rhinoceros is undoubtedly one of them."
★★★★★ | The Cherwell