A would-be suicide dreams of paradise and awakes to bring the world a message in Dostoevsky’s final masterpiece (The Dream of a Ridiculous Man), and Berkoff’s sorry alter-ego, Harry, wallows in his lonely despair in a double bill from award-winning, internationally acclaimed solo specialist, George Dillon - “the best person to watch how to perform” (Berkoff)
Two journeys into other worlds... an emotional roller-coaster of despair and salvation...
The two stories in this bill are from Stunning the Punters (1990) and Hell & Other Tales (1992) and present Dillon at his best - passionate, stylised and utterly compelling.
Played one after the other, the two pieces showcase Dillon's remarkable talents. It isn't just the voice, superbly controlled though it is, but it is the physicality of his performance which impresses most. Even in Hell, confining himself, as he does, to a chair, every muscle talks directly to us.
If you want to see the craft of acting at its best, there's no better place to go than here!
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
Two captivating performances which should not be missed.
REVIEWS OF BERKOFF's HELL
Combining the precision and timing of the practised story-teller with the physical expressiveness of the accomplished actor, Dillon brings measured delivery, carefully stylised visual imagery and the degree of physical and emotional vulnerability needed to translate powerful prose into disturbing, dangerous theatre.
THE GUARDIAN (of Hell)
One cannot be unaffected by Dillon's virtuoso performance in this world premiere. It is a tour de force in which the actor and his material become one and the fusion of life and theatre is complete.
THE SCOTSMAN (of Hell)
Dillon's forte is a vulnerability we have not seen or suspected in his author. He manages to summon up something as improbable as, let's say, the Beckett in Berkoff."
REVIEWS OF DOSTOEVSKY'S THE DREAM OF A RIDICULOUS MAN
George Dillon is one of the most uncompromisingly compelling performers I have seen. I am applauding an unapologetic display of virtuosity until the blood runs. he has the vocal precision of a Gielgud, the physical presence and skill of Marceau, and a heart, mind, and attack that are all his own.
Nowhere in the world will you hear a sharper sermon about human frailty this Sabbath... Dillon commands dramatic effects as if he were Marcel Marceau wired into a Wurlitzer. This is the craft of acting carried to a pinnacle of virtuosity.
SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
My spirits are restored by George Dillon's display of theatrical technique, timing and diction of flawless precision... His Dream of a Ridiculous Man is my Fringe discovery.
THE SUNDAY TIMES
This is one-man theatre at its most intelligent and most powerful. Don't wait to be told about it, or to read another critical paean - go and see for yourself."
WHAT'S ON IN LONDON
George Dillon's Tour Dates
(as of Wednesday, 12 May 2021)