The Fall of the House of Usher

Tue 23rd – Sat 27th Aug 2011


“youthful and exuberant”





Perse Players


This year the youthful and exuberant Perse Players return to the Fringe with their nerve‐jangling new

production of Steven Berkoff’s The Fall of the House of Usher.

A crumbling house ... a crumbling soul ... Steven Berkoff’s gothic masterpiece of physical theatre is brought to

the stage by the award‐winning Perse Players in this intense and disturbing production. Roderick Usher and his

sister Madeline live an unsettled life in the confines of their ancestral home. When their delicately balanced

existence is shattered by the rare visit of a family friend, the walls of sanity begin to crumble with terrifying


A table, three chairs and an extraordinary peacock feather are all this cast need to transport their audience

along a knife‐edge path of tension, violence and unexpected humour towards a final devastating conclusion.

With dazzling performances designed to shock and unsettle, the show is a visually beautiful portrayal of a mind

destroyed by the claustrophobic confines of a crumbling home and by sibling affection twisted beyond


The Perse Players are a youth theatre company based at the Perse School in Cambridge aiming to provide

pupils with the opportunity to perform in one of the most exciting environments in the theatrical world while

striving for originality and professionalism. This small cast of eight students will receive their A‐Level results

just days before the first performance and come to the Fringe looking to round off their school drama careers

in style!

Admission: £8(£6)

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