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Is Bartleby a perverse prat or a misunderstood employee? A very capable one when he wants to be, but lost in a world where he’d prefer not, to be, or to do.
Herman Melville’s frustrating short story about ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’ has been adapted by writer/director Julian Hobbs for the cosy comfort of the Street Theatre where our favourite Googonian Dene Kermond joins artist /actor Max Cullen in a legal office when along comes a new employee, Bartleby, played by Ben Crowley.
Modernising this famous story for today’s office is a reality check as language, technology and the pace of change impacts on the generations and Bartleby drifts into a world where his answer to everything is that he would prefer not! I’d prefer he did, but that’s what we expect of employees. And then he moves in. Sleeping, eating and we presume abluting in the closed confines of this legal office and it is all downhill from there for Bartleby.
So if you think your office is a bit unusual, your co-workers quirky and the old fuddy duddies annoying, you need to see Bartleby at The Street Theatre to find it’s actually quite normal. And you’ll get to see how frustration can be relieved by smashing up a fax machine, with thanks from the set designer to The Green Shed for sourcing eight for ritual smashing.