Written by Lars Norén.
Directed and adapted by Johan Bark.
An expressionistic drama piece confronting themes around intimacy issues, loss, misogyny, domestic abuse, complacency, trauma, and angst.
"Absorbing and thought-provoking on so many levels.” - Thomas Conway, audience member and literary manager for Druid Theatre Company, Ireland.
“Dark, rich, tantalising, funny, and deeply ravishing, Demons truly kept me on the edge of my seat. I was completely enthralled and did not blink for fear of missing a beat. That to me is the greatest gift a performance can give. One that grips you by the collar, pulls you in and won’t let go. I still haven’t let it go to this day.” - Emma Reid, audience member, Ireland.
“Demons was a deliciously dark evening’s entertainment, artfully directed by Johan Bark” - Ronan Leahy, audience member.
'Demons' was performed in July 2018 in Studio 1 at The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art, Dublin, Ireland, where Johan directed four of the graduates from the BA Acting course.
On the eve before a funeral, Demons follows two couples who meet up for drinks in an upper-middle class apartment.
As the night progresses, and under the influence of alcohol the characters start projecting their frustrations about their lives towards each other in increasingly surreal and vicious social games.
The 2.5 hour long drama starts seemingly normal, and slowly progresses into dark expressionistic territories.
The play is grotesque, confrontative, provocative, but also contains dark humour and sincerity.
Lars Norén is widely considered to be Sweden’s, if not Scandinavia’s, greatest living playwright since August Strindberg.
Demons is one of his most iconic works, and has been performed in some of the biggest playhouses in Scandinavia and continental Europe.
This first ever English translation by Marita Lindholm Gochman had yet to have been staged before, and made it’s debut under Johan's direction in Dublin, Ireland.
Direction and Adaptation: Johan Bark.
Translated by Marita Lindholm Gochman.
Set & Costume Design: Stefania Elettra Pantavos
Lighting Design: John Gunning
Sound Design: Michael Stapleton
CSM & Deputy Stage Manager: Leanne Vaughey
APM/TSM: Gary Maguire
Assistant Stage Manager: Marchje Jansen
Chief LX: Emma Russell
Set Construction HOD: Seán Martin
Sound Design Co-ordinator: Laura Rainsford
Costume Supervisor: Sue Crawford
Scenic Artist HOD: Rachel Kivlehan
Photos by Wen Driftwood and Keith Dixon.
Thank you to the staff and the technical team at The Lir Academy.