Lovefuries: The Contracting Sea; The Hanging Judge; Bite or by David Ian Rabey

By David Ian Rabey

David Ian Rabey is likely one of the so much explosive, pioneering, and erotic playwrights ever to emerge from Wales. Lovefuries beneficial properties 3 of his functionality texts that flaut nationwide and private strain to maintain silent, committing in its place to discover the surprising resurgences of existence that holiday via grief. those performs take on such matters because the nature of the female, surviving sexual abuse, and the limits of human language and physicality. This unforgettable assortment will introduce American audiences to at least one of the main proficient modern playwrights operating in Britain.   Praise for David Ian Rabey “Stylish and stylistically hard paintings. . . . A riveting and explosively actual performance.”—Irish Times  “Breathtaking.”—Theatre in Wales  “The fight is fierce, suspenseful, and really dazzling in its outcome.”—Theatre in Wales “A gem of concise, significant new drama which merits to be noticeable extra extensively for instance of this sort of theatre Wales is able to producing.”—Gill Ogden, Aberystwyth Arts Centre      

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Qxd 12/9/07 10:16 am Page 47 THE HANGING JUDGE | Roger Owen as Fury in the Wales Millennium Centre production (photo: Rick Gough). qxd 48 12/9/07 10:16 am Page 48 | LOVEFURIES: THE CONTRACTING SEA; THE HANGING JUDGE; BITE OR SUCK Is it Boyfriend Two or Boyfriend Four? After the formalities You were the men in the house Together. Then they all merge Together: One big faceless grub. So now am I sentenced To do what she did? qxd 12/9/07 10:16 am Page 49 THE HANGING JUDGE | You performed it well I miss it And I miss you I WANT YOUR COCK BACK To feel your arousal Up inside me My power as well as yours ‘“I’ll be judge.

Dragged backwards Through the house By the hair By others Who taught me how to turn tricks For them When she was blind drunk. She’d tell me: ‘Sort out the other kids for us, and let’s get to bed’ But when she falls asleep You stay down for a while; Down with the men For a bit of a chat ‘Cos you want them to like you Some form of attachment But you know what they’re there for. I learnt how to enjoy being looked at And how to make them enjoy being looked at And how to move From the look to the touch.

The Judge’s voice attempts to suggest to him that his feelings of worthlessness, fear and grief are entirely prescribed, and that his suicide will also fulfil the rightful demands of the life narrative which none but the Judge can identify. It is from this sense of the Judge as author that Fury attempts to break free in the second half of the play. However, it would be untrue to suggest that Fury isn’t also complicit in the act of authorship. Unlike Alice, he is certainly not passive. His struggle against the Judge takes place within his own body, manifested as a series of possessions which are instigated by Fury himself via the word association device which snakes a trail through some of the debris and detritus of his past life.

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