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Jean-Paul Sartre’s most famous play explores the idea of personal freedom.
by Jean Paul Sartre
Directed by David Faulkner
No Exit explores the idea of personal freedom. Man is free to do anything he wants, as long as he is willing to accept the consequences.
No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre’s most famous play and considered a masterpiece was first performed, under the German occupation of Paris in 1944, however, it is just as relevant today as it was then, a particular truth in today’s society with the rise of social media,
The plays three central characters, Garcin (Stuart Ellison) Inèz (Jean Lenton) and Estelle (Rachel Bailey), who, after their deaths, are escorted to and locked inside a small room by a mysterious Valet (Gary Smith)
They know they are dead. They even know they are in Hell but they are surprised and even confused to find nothing out of the ordinary, there are no implements of torture and the lack of fire and brimstone adds to their confusion.
At first, neither character wants to confess their crimes. Nor do they understand why they should even be in Hell. Estelle and Garcin suggest that it might be a mistake that they are there.
Slowly, they begin to realise that each of them are to be the torturer for the other two, leading each of them to look deep into their past lives; their thoughts and deeds and how their past actions must be understood and owned even though atonement can never be achieved.