by Ben Elton
Directed by Neil-Jon Morphy
Théâtre Pitoëff, Geneva
16-20 June 2015
Ben Elton is probably best known for his television series, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line. Popcorn is Ben Elton’s most distinguished play, winning both the TMA Barclays Theatre Award for new play and the Olivier Award for best comedy. The Paris production was nominated for seven Molière awards.
Popcorn deals with the serious debate about whether violence in art influences society or whether it only reflects society. Bruce Delamitri is a film director who glorifies violence and sexuality in his films. Wayne and Scout are two of Bruce’s biggest fans who have gone on their own real-life killing spree. As Bruce’s latest film is about a young couple on a killing spree, the obvious comparisons are made. The play deals with the explosive confrontation between Bruce and Wayne.
Although Popcorn is a very funny comedy, it does reflect the violence and sexuality of Bruce’s films. The play is adult in content and language.
The talented cast includes: Chris Bailey, Anita Beck, Jeff Donkin, Angus MacDonald, Masha Neznansky, Noelle Rentsch, Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen, Saskia Werkhoven and Jona Zeschke.