Victor Ego or
Conceived, written and performed by Patrick Dickson
Directed by Maeliosa Stafford
Lighting and stills: Lis Shelley
Projections: Scott Baker
Costume: Alison Bradshaw
Technical Support: Bronte Shuftan
Music: Fiona Hill & Matthew Perry
Patrick became fascinated, perhaps obsessed, with the true story of Victor Hugo’s exile in Guernsey and with the fiction he wrote there, The Toilers of the Sea. We all know of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of) Notre Dame, but, unlike his contemporary, Dickens, we know very little about Hugo’s immense and tumultuous career.
Victor Ego or The Brainstorm is a ‘one-man’ play, created and performed by Patrick.
Hugo is at work in his studio as he pulls together the essential ingredients of a ripping yarn which will become his next best-selling novel. He conjures up a cast of characters, spicing their relationships with betrayal, obsession, love, sacrifice and a dash of skullduggery.
The beautiful, rugged seascape of the Norman Archipelago isn’t simply a back-drop; for Hugo it’s a powerful and unpredictable player in the drama of life and death.
A theatrical exploration of the writing process
of a genius in exile.
The projections in this show feature drawings by Hugo himself...
Hugo was a prodigious intellect and his creativity was irrepressible. He wrote plays, poetry, novels, political speeches and tracts. He illustrated much of his work and Hauteville House, his Guernsey home for 15 years, is decorated with an idiosyncrasy which is marveled at to this day. Now a museum it was then a true family home; his two adult sons, his wife and surviving daughter were all with him during his exile. It was also a place of industry.
“There are no idle hands begging for the intervention of the devil at the Maison Hugo. Victor is the grand master of a literary factory!” George Sand.
His mistress, the love of his life, Juliette Drouet, lived close by and they spent time together everyday. Juliette and Hugo’s wife, Adele, were kept busy (separately) writing fair copies of his manuscripts.
A 5 min description of the project.
Victor Ego or The Brainstorm
is designed to tour nationally and internationally.
Murrah Hall return season March 28-3