Corpus Playroom
Tue 14 - Sat 18 May

The Plague

Neil Bartlett (adapted from Albert Camus - la Peste)

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

“The plague bacillus never actually dies. It never disappears - not entirely”. From Camus’ novel, in an unnamed city, it has reared its head and sent forth its rats. The screaming becomes normal, the gates are locked, families and lovers have been cut off; now all there is to do is identify, diagnose, condemn and file. Faced with inevitable doom, humanity chooses to fight or resign, asking what we all want to: ""Can there be hope without meaning?""

We bear witness to the retrospective inquiry into these events. Our protagonist, Dr Rieux, is torn between the personal and the official, bureaucracy ultimately hindering the inquiry and his healing. Camus’ original may have been a response to Nazi invasion, but now this electrifying adaptation makes it applicable to our personal and societal descent into chaos.

“What it is that you learn when you live through a time of plague… there is more to admire about people than to despise or despair of.”


Tue 14 May at 7:00pm
Wed 15 May at 7:00pm
Thu 16 May at 7:00pm
Fri 17 May at 7:00pm
Sat 18 May at 7:00pm


TUE £6–£8, WED/THU £7–£9, FRI/SAT £8–£10

Scenes of a Violent Nature
Mental Health Issues

The Corpus Playroom is owned by Corpus Christi College, and managed by the University of Cambridge through the ADC Theatre. The College drama society, the Fletcher Players, are the resident company.

The L-shaped studio is Cambridge's primary fringe space, showcasing a variety of productions, with an emphasis on new writing. Seasons are programmed simultaneously with the ADC Theatre.

Please note: This venue is not wheelchair accessible. 


Corpus Playroom
10 St Edward's Passage
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