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The Lover by Marguerite Duras

"Very early in my life it was too late."

In 1984 the great French novelist Marguerite Duras wrote the story of her own youth in Vietnam, a personal truth told in passionate, vivid fragments. These incandescent glimpses of remembrance became one of the most acclaimed and widely read books of modern French literature.

Now three of Scotland's major performing arts companies are collaborating in theatre and dance to bring her story to the stage; taking us back to 1929 when a fifteen year old girl crossing the Mekong Delta first catches the attention of an older Chinese man and accepts a ride in his chauffeured limousine. She has no idea how this chance meeting will change her life forever.

50 years on, looking back on their illicit affair which flared and died, she finds the intensity of her first love still burning bright in her memory. It illuminates a past fraught with the confusions of the lovers' ruthless desire, her own dysfunctional family and the divisive colonial culture which pulled them all apart.

This unique collaboration with Stellar Quines and Scottish Dance Theatre brings this exotic tale of remembered passion to new life in an original stage adaption by award-winning director Jemima Levick and visionary choreographer Fleur Darkin.

Fusing spoken word, music and evocative dance, this production promises to be an irresistible blast of sensual heat for the dark days of January.

Written by Marguerite Duras | Adapted for the stage by Fleur Darkin and Jemima Levick

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Date and Location:

The Royal Lyceum Theatre

Start Date: Saturday, 20 January, 2018

End Date: Saturday, 3 February, 2018


Address: 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX

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