"Theatrical Magic" - Irish Independent
"one that no theatre-lover should miss" - No more workhorse
Normal - Dublin 2016
Peter Kurten Mick O'Flaherty
Justus Wehner Shane English
Frau Kurten Kamila Dydyna
Director Owen Lindsay
Producer Anne Marie Sheridan
Lighting and Sound Design Bill Woodland
Make-Up Cairin McIlkenny
Costume Assistant Sarah McColgan
Photography Rafal Kostrzewa
What do you know of horror?
Sadist, sexual predator, murderer and necrophile, Peter Kurten is a monster by anybody’s definition. But is he insane? Idealistic young attorney Justus Wehner is charged with Kurten’s defence and must unravel the twisted tale of Kurten’s life, his crimes, and the darkness that lurks in all men’s souls.
Normal is an expressionistic drama detailing the life and crimes of Germany’s most infamous serial killer of the 20th Century, Peter Kurten, the so-called Dusseldorf Ripper. It presents a fascinating and challenging investigation into the mind of a killer, and the effect that investigation has on those pursuing it. Set in the Gothic confines of Smock Alley’s Boy’s School Theatre space, expect chills, sick laughter and an altogether unforgettable evening with Mittel-Europe’s own (and very real) Jack The Ripper.
Michael O'Flaherty is a Dublin based actor and writer. Appearing in Films such as Dark By Noon and a Belfast Story. Recently appearing at The Duke Theatre as Peter in 'I Do not like thee Dr Fell' and Narrator for three Irish music and film documentaries in 2017. Recent TV appearances include Penny Dreadful and Spooky Stakeout.
Shane English recently joined the National Youth Theatre of England, where he completed their Epic Stages 2016 training course. Prior to this he spent three years training at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama. Last year he graduated with a First Class Hons. BA in Drama Performance. Previous credits include Losing It (Boys' School, Smock Alley), Vessel (New Theatre, Temple Bar) and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Screen credits include the independent short film Jessica’s Room (Blasters Media).
Kamila Dydyna is an actor, writer, and filmmaker based in Dublin. She trained at The Gaiety School of Acting, The National Theatre School of Ireland. Her recent performances include Klara in "The Haunted Road", a BBC Radio 4 play, Nel in "The Betrayal" (a short film) and Constance Markievicz in"16 & Rising," a political theatre project by Sian Ni Mhuiri at the Electric Picnic.