Studio Theatre, Ashley Road Salisbury

Tickets: Salisbury Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury Phone: 01722 342860 or from

God of Carnage

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza.

Performance dates 9 – 14 July, 2018.

Directed by Ann Acton and Jackie Pilkington.

By the playwright who wrote Art– a comedy of manners – but excruciatingly bad ones.

Underneath our sophisticated veneers, how mature are we, really? Two ‘civilized’ Parisian couples meet to discuss a matter of great importance with every good intention, but how long does it take for it all to go pear-shaped?

Original music composed by Rupert Egerton-Smith

The Salisbury Journal writes:

GOD of Carnage again illustrates Studio Theatre’s wide ranging talent – bringing something different to audiences.

The play centres on the meeting of two sets of parents brought together by their children after one attacks the other.

It was a pressure cooker of drama and just when you thought the situation can’t get any worse, it does. The edgy play was bursting with great comedy lines and moments which are superbly executed by the cast of four.

Jackie Pilkington and Ann Acton have done a brilliant job directing the play.

Read the full review at: REVIEW: God of Carnage at Studio Theatre | Salisbury Journal

The Fine Times Recorder wrote

Salisbury’s versatile Studio Theatre chose Reza’s God of Carnage for the summer show – and it would be impossible to over-praise this brilliant, insightful, acutely observed production.

Veronique (Sam Luckman) is revealed as a pretentious bleeding heart liberal, while the elegant and sympathetic Annette (Pam Edmund) is an arrogant snob when the gloves come off.

Michel (James Paterson) has a chip on his shoulder and a simmering resentment og his do-gooding wife. Alain (Keith Edmund) is the most intelligent, the most unpleasant and the most abrasively honest of the four.

The action is constantly interrupted by Alain’s mobile phone, as he handles the tricky business of a damaging report on the side effects of a drug produced by a pharmaceutical company which is his firm’s biggest client.

Joint directors Jackie Pilkington and Ann Acton ratchet the pace and tension in this intense play, performed without an interval. The four actors totally inhabit their horribly realistic characters. It is a bracing, blackly funny evening and a triumph for Studio Theatre. FC

Full review at: God of Carnage, Studio Theatre, Salisbury | Fine Times Recorder