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Assessment: Freud’s Final Session, King’s Head Theatre

Mark St Germain’s play Freud’s Final Session on the King’s Head Theatre in Islington is a compact but highly effective play which imagines a conflict of mind and reasoning between two well-known minds.

Freud's Last Session King's Head Theatre

Consulting sofa on the set of Freud’s Final Session, King’s Head Theatre July 2022. Designer: Brad Caleb Lee

It is England on the day that World Warfare II will likely be declared, and Freud (Julian Fowl) has invited Oxford Professor CS Lewis (Séan Browne) to see him at his London house. The founding father of psychoanalysis is within the later phases of painful mouth most cancers, whereas Lewis is but to grow to be a well-known author.

Freud, an atheist, is fascinated with Lewis’s sudden re-adoption of Christianity, having misplaced his religion as a young person. With the specter of struggle looming, the 2 debate the existence of God, faith, intercourse and relationships.

St Germain’s tight script permits the interrogation of each males’s arguments, but the conversations’ seriousness additionally has flashes of wit and humour. It isn’t a lot a case of 1 profitable over the opposite however what they uncover about themselves through the dialog.

Browne’s Lewis is assured, respectful and , but there’s additionally a playfulness to him that brings mild to the character. It contrasts with the weightier Freud, performed fantastically by Fowl. His Freud is a pointy thoughts encased in a painfully crumbling physique. He brings a grumpy impatience that’s comprehensible in outdated age.

Carried out on the small King’s Head stage, full with the well-known consulting sofa, Freud’s Final Session is a compelling watch, and I am giving it: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Freud’s Final Session, King’s Head Theatre

Written by Mark St Germain.

Directed by Peter Darney

Operating time: 80 minutes with out an interval.

Reserving till 13 August; for extra particulars and to guide, head to the King’s Head Theatre web site.

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