This Tuesday I went to the theatre to see the show that is currently playing, The Black Rider. The below is the description of the play from Rogaland Teater’s home pages.
THE BLACK RIDER
– A MUSICAL FABLE BY TOM WAITS, ROBERT WILSON AND WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
The Black Rider is the story about Wilhelm, a young accountant who falls in love with the daughter of the forester. But in order to marry her he must first prove himself to be an able hunter. Unfortunately, poor Wilhelm has never fired a rifle, so his chances of winning his chosen one are slim. But then he receives an offer he can’t refuse – from a young man who arrives in a black sportscar and calls himself The Devil. Wilhelm is given some magic bullets that always hit their target. But in the dark and magical forrest, nothing is as it seems, and the big question is: Was the strange fellow in the black sportscar really The Devil himself. and if he was, what price will Wilhelm have to pay?
Join us on a magical jouney through the dark forrest, accompanied by Tom Waits’ fantastic music!
The Black Rider is based on the German fairytale Der Freischütz, burt William S. Burroughs has included some autobiographical elements in his version. In 1951 Burroughs killed his wife while trying to shoot a glass of water off her head, in an attempt to recreate the Wilhelm Tell myth.
Here are som clips from the show:
I’ve been wanting to see this show for some time and was supposed to go see it last week but it got canceled due to illness. Luckily they started playing again and I was able to go see it with a colleague. The show did not disappoint, it was very surreal. Dark but filled with a lot of humour. All in all a very enjoyable evening with dinner, the show and a few beers at the bar that is in my street, right next to my apartment. I should really do things like this more often!