Rehearsals are now underway for Buckland Theatre Company’s ten year anniversary production of Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One which will play at Park90 at Park Theatre from 1 – 24 June.
The Ugly One was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007 and is a very funny social satire which follows Lette, a talented engineer, who is told he is too ugly to succeed. He undergoes radical surgery to make himself more acceptable but realises that there may be a thing as being too beautiful.
We asked our fantastic cast what they loved about the play when they first read it.
“I love the absurd nature of the play.” Said Charlie Dorfman who is playing the titular ugly one, Lette. “It’s very crazy but very super-smart but darkly funny.”
The continuing brilliance of the script is an opinion shared by T’Nia, Arian and Indra who make up the rest of the cast.
“The first time I read it, I thought it was hilarious.” Said T’Nia Miller who is playing Scheffler. “It was so fricking funny (I can say fricking, right?). If you want to have a good night out, and laugh your head off, and hear things that we may think but never say – it’s bloody funny!”
Arian Nik who is playing Karlmann agrees, “It’s really funny, we struggle to keep a straight face during the rehearsal and we’ll struggle to keep a straight face during the performance as well, I’m sure!”
As well as being funny, the play is also ripe for revival given the surge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snpachat over the past decade, making the story of beauty standards more relevant than ever.
“The Ugly One deals with the me culture, the selfie culture that we’re dealing with now and it tells that in such a brilliant way.” Said Indra Ové who is playing Fanny. “So I think it’s absolutely relevant right now.”
We can’t wait to see them in action at Park90 in a couple of weeks!