If you didn’t catch The Fever…

GaryDirecting, saltpeter, The Fever

Blog_Fever_InterviewIf you didn’t catch The Fever at the People Show Studios in December, you can at the Brighton Festival Fringe.

saltpeter presents Wallace Shawn’s Obie Award winning The Fever
A one-off site specific ensemble piece
Venue: Brighton Media Centre Gallery
Date: Sunday, 22 May 2011

Staging The Fever is an ongoing project for saltpeter. We believe that The Fever is a piece that should be performed as much as possible. Our aim is that each staging feeds into the next; that each will inspire others to create their own responses.

The Fever examines the human condition in our subjective world dominated by a privileged few. Though the work directs its attention towards the middle classes – their privileges and narrow world view – the issues raised speak to everyone but the very poorest and powerless in the world.

“I wonder if I could put down for a moment my burden of lies…”

saltpeter played to a full house at the People Show Studios, London, on 30th December 2010. Our London staging was conceived as taking place at the end of a dinner party. In Brighton, drawing inspiration from the gallery itself, The Fever is set at a private view.

Background to the piece:

The Fever was originally conceived by Wallace Shawn as a work that could be performed in people’s homes, to small groups by actors of any age or sex. It was first performed by the author in January 1990, in an apartment near Seventh Avenue in New York City. Shawn has since performed the piece many times for audiences ranging in size from 3 to 800 strong. The Fever won Wallace Shawn the second of his three Obie awards.

Wallace Shawn’s writing:

“Indispensible… Shawn’s language, his unmistakable, original voice, felicitous, is unadorned, elegant, immediate, true. And, of course, he’s very funny” – Tony Kushner

“Wallace Shawn writes in a style which is deceptively simple, profoundly thoughtful, fiercely honest. His vocabulary is pungent, his wit delightful, his ideas provocative” – Howard Zinn

The Ensemble:

Adrian Gillott, Amy Simpson, Anthony Wise, Sarah Le Fevre, Sean Patterson, Vera Chok

Director: Gary Merry

Co-producers: Vera Chok, Gary Merry


Formed in 2010, saltpeter is an arts collective brought together by a burning desire to explore and create bold theatrical possibilities.

Debut: The Death of Tintagel, Oct-Nov 2010 – Time Out Best of Fringe – Aworld premier by Sunday Times Playwriting Prize Winner Peter Morris, directed by Vik Sivalingam of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

“Morris, Sivalingam and their cast have done theatre a service…this inventive staging of a sparky adaptation is long overdue.”

– Times Literary Supplement, on Tintagel

“spectacular…breathtaking…exceptional…fringe theatre”

– remotegoat, 4 stars, on Tintagel

“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the performance last night – really wonderful…I came to the play on a whim, after seeing the advert in Arts News, and am really glad I did. I left the performance on buzz, and will thinking about the subject of the text for many days I’m sure. I found the whole experience very powerful”

– audience member, on The Fever, 30th Dec 2010