We get the leaders we deserve
Arturo Ui is a small-time gangster with a lust for power. In a city shaken by economic crisis and undermined by corruption, Ui keeps rising and rising until he reaches the very top. When he gets there, he won’t be breaking the law, he’ll be making it.
Hugo Weaving returns to STC in this powerhouse role. Written in 1941 as a cautionary satire on the rise of Hitler, Bertolt Brecht’s play is both thrillingly sharp and riotously funny. It has the wit, murder and musicality of a gangster movie while asking a very political question – how do we let a man like that come to power?
Artistic Director Kip Williams brings a bold, visually inventive vision to this great play. With a cast that includes the legendary Peter Carroll alongside Mitchell Butel (Arms and the Man), Anita Hegh (Cloud Nine) and Ursula Yovich (The Golden Age), this promises to be a big, entertaining and thought-provoking night out.
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Tom Wright
Director Kip Williams
Set Designer Robert Cousins
Costume Designer Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Cinematographer Justine Kerrigan
Mitchell Butel, Peter Carroll, Tony Cogin, Ivan Donato, Anita Hegh, Brent Hill, Colin Moody, Monica Sayers, Hugo Weaving, Charles Wu, Ursula Yovich
Arturo Ui is a renowned criminal, but his infamy is flagging. The media have lost interest, people have stopped talking about him.
Meanwhile, Dogsborough, a senior cabinet minister, is getting a little too cosy with the grocery industry. Business sentiment is falling and public money needs to come to the rescue. But rather than going towards infrastructure, government grants appear to be lining the pockets of Dogsborough and a select few shareholders.
Ui seizes on the opportunity, insinuating himself into Dogsborough’s political institutions, bringing his criminal gang and their brutal tactics along with him. To improve public perception, he trains himself to walk, sit and speak differently. Soon, he has the whole city at his feet. When he’s done there, the whole world.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, 21 Mar – 28 Apr 2018, Roslyn Packer Theatre