The Important Man is about belief being tested, set at a time when the advances in science seemed as otherworldly as the supernatural.
Set in the First World War, the show will give you an insight into part of the war you probably haven’t heard of. There was a massive increase in people going to see fortune tellers – everyone from servants to generals wanted to know what was going to happen.
Every time you think you know where the story is going there’s a false bottom, or a hidden door. It’s a story based on real people at a time when magic had a real function in people’s lives.
Although the brutal battles of the trenches are ever present this is a story that focuses on the people who aren’t at war, who are left behind, who are preparing to go or have returned.
If the people you cared about the most were in danger what would you do? What is under your control and what isn’t? What do you grab hold of when faith is slipping away.
A University of Hertfordshire Arts (UHArts) production in collaboration with Cap-a-Pie
Katy Vanden for Cap-a-Pie
Performed & scripted by
Stage Managed by
Director in an R&D phase by
Devised by the company in collaboration with Professor Owen Davies (witchcraft and fortune-telling expert) from Everyday Lives in War First World War Engagement Centre, University of Hertfordshire
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