"Noel Road 25 : a genius like us" - Irish premiere [Carlos Be & MosaicoMercurio]
© 2010 Esther/Mosaico Mercurio

London, 1967.  Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwells murder and suicide ending an odd gay love story. Venture inside the artistic and passionate relationship, power and submission, that Halliwell and the playwright Joe Orton lived in 25 Noel Road.

Carlos Be goes beyond the known facts and choreographically explores the mysterious last days of this outrageous couple. Esther Rios speaks through this work about the creation of beauty, love and torture.

The Irish Premiere of Noel Road 25 from Mosaico Mercurio of Spain will take place in The James Joyce Centre, North Great Georges Street. 3rd to 8th May (21:30)

Note: Contains Nudity.

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*Update (6th May 2010):  

Noel Road 25 REVIEW 
By Brian Merriman 

Noel Road, 25 is a passionate interpretation of the chaotic and violent relationship that was Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell. This bilingual production from Spain is subtitled and delivered at a furious pace by Xavi Fontana and Jorge Peña Miranda under the strong direction of Esther Rios. Set in London in 1967 we border between heaven and hell as we encounter the characters for the first time in the infamous murder scene that became 25 Noel Road.

Orton was one of the first gay art icons. Out, notorious and anarchic, his plays dominated the left wing of the arts. His life was sexual, aggressive, controlling and decadent in the extremes of the swinging sixties. Carlos Be’s story does not pull its punches. It goes to the core of this excessive couple and examines their own dysfunctionality in a passionate and uninhibited way. Fetish, cottaging, plagiarism, lust, open relationships and violence are hurled at the audience at a furious and toxic pace by the intenseness of the performance.

The documentary of many facts about this most outrageous partnership is a lesson in itself. Modern life pales in comparison to the boundaries these two pushed from being jailed for defacing library books to the violence of their deaths. The interpretation is first class and you must be alert as the lines zip along at the incredible passionate pace of the actors delivery. Be’s documents and speculates in a packed script beautifully adapted for a non typical opulent setting of the Joyce Centre in North Great Georges Street. The large Spanish community will love this as will the radical Irish. It is a no holds barred production of a frantic partnership. Orton says he would prefer people to value him than to love him - we do after seeing this impactful dark and sexual production.