About the show
Enjoy a rare revival of Jo Clifford’s comic classic Losing Venice at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre.
Jo Clifford’s Losing Venice is a savage satire set in the Spanish Golden Age. It depicts a nation struggling to cope with its changing role in a changing world.
Clifford wrote it in 1985, when it became the surprise smash-hit of that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Not seen since that fierce first production, Losing Venice gains a new relevance in contemporary Britain. It wittily pokes fun at the dangerously daft machismo and strangely suicidal behaviour of a country that can’t stop making bad choices.
Jo Clifford is a prolific Scottish writer for all mediums. Her work has been translated into many languages and performed all over the world, and she was closely associated with establishing the international reputation of Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre in the 1980s.
Clifford has written around 80 plays, including The Tree Of Life, Everyone and An Apple A Day. When her 1988 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations was revived at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2013, she became the first openly transgender playwright to have work performed in the West End. Most recently, she has received widespread critical acclaim for her solo shows Eve and Jesus, Queen Of Heaven.
Paul Miller, artistic director of the Orange Tree Theatre, directs Losing Venice. He previously directed productions including Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw, The Lottery Of Love by Pierre Marivaux and Sheppey by Somerset Maugham. Prior to taking up his current post, Miller was associate director at Sheffield Theatres.
Losing Venice runs from 7 September – 20 October 2018 at the Orange Tree Theatre.