"Theatrical Magic" - Irish Independent
"one that no theatre-lover should miss" - No more workhorse
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
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.
Starring: Mat Betteridge and Edwin Flay
Lighting and Sound Design by Jason Bozzard
Produced and Directed by Owen Lindsay
"Two ordinary men are ripped out of their lives and thrown into an anonymous prison where torture is part of life. As darkly comedic as it is heartfelt you will find yourself empathizing, demonizing and strategizing along with them in this frighteningly modern story of survival at any cost through humor, companionship, and imagination."
Mat Betteridge trained at Rose Bruford. Past Theatre credits include King Lear (National Theatre/NT Live), Printed Linen (Glass to Wall Productions), Ache (First Draft Theatre), Wisdom of the Den (Making Theatre Work), and Bird in the Bush (Excalibur Productions). Film and TV includes Arrows of Desire (Channel 4), Hot Date (Edkasi51 Productions), and Three (Coffee Films).
Edwin Flay studied film and drama, graduating in 1998 from the University of Reading. After a 12-year hiatus, Edwin began acting professionally in 2010, playing the lead in The Shadow Formula at the Greenwood Theatre and performing the one-man show Shoe Horn at the Theatre Breaks festival in Camden. His film work includes Grace of Monaco and Hugo, and he recently appeared in the BBC sitcom Boomers.