Alan Marshall Bella Edwards Bob Howourth Brian Davis Brenda Cook Carol Chilcott Claude Rimmer David Conn David Glover-Kirk David Parry-Jones David Scott David Talbot faustus group Jack Mundy Jacky Long Joan Clews Joan Goodyear John Vowles Kathy Stewart Kevin Hogan Lizzie Lane Lyn Martin Mary Lansdown Nicholas Selway Peter Sutton Richard Edwards Robert Chapman Robert Tooze Royston Tanner Sarah McGreevy Stephen Canaby This River Winding Tina Kelly Tom Hudson georgeT
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Artist profiles: Faustus


Doctor Faustus

'Doctor Faustus', by Christopher Marlowe, is based on an old German legend of the scolar who sold his soul to Lucifer, the devil, in reurn for power and knowledge. It was first performed in 1589. 'Faustus' is art + power's adaptaion of Marlowe's play.

Why Faustus?

We started looking at making a new play early in 2003. We had written two of our own plays, 'The Lying Doctors' and 'Sharing the Stars', and thought we would like to return to doing a play that someone else had written. We also wanted to choose a play that would give us the chance to experiment theatrically.

We chose Faustus because it is a very strong story. It has lots of opportunities for us to try out different ideas on stage. As usual, though, as we worked on the story, we realised that the story is about all of us, all human beings. We learnt that it is the feelings in the story that we want to get across. This play is about what we have understood from the Faustus story.

In the Faustus series here you can see sketches made during rehearsals by Carol Chilcott, who was artist in residence for the Portway Players, poems about Faustus that were written and performed by the cast as part of the production, and a selection of movie clips from the dress rehearsal of Faustus by the Portway Players.

For a full investigation of art + power's interpretation of the play go to the Faustus learning resource in the Resources section.

What the press said:

'The play pulls together strong design, atmospheric lighting, haunting music, and a host of interesting visual and verbal storytelling techniques, as well as the odd genius touch of comedy.'

Bristol Evening Post 1st May, 2004

'We are proud of Bristol Old Vic's long running association with the Portway Players; long may it continue.'

David Farr and Simon Reade: Joint Artistic Directors, Bristol Old Vic


Steve Canby - Concerned Colleague, Drummer;

Devil Dancer; Gluttony; Religious Man

Brian Davis - Devil Dancer; Lucifer; Wrath; the Pope; Time

Kevin Hogan - Religious Man

Tina Kelly - Mephistophilis’ Servant; Devil Dancer; Lechery; The Horse

Steve Knight - Doctor Faustus

Liz Lane - Concerned Colleague; Mephistophilis’ Servant; Devil Dancer; Pope’s Servant

Mary Lansdown - Sin; Storyteller

Jacky Long - Duchess of Vanholt

Alex Long - Devil’s Bride; Covetousness;

Religious Man

Alan Marshall - Violinist; Religious Man

Sarah McGreevy - Concerned Colleague; Mephistophilis’ Servant; Sloth; Pope’s Servant

Richard O’Brien - Devil Dancer; Religious Man

Jenny Redlar - Concerned Colleague; Mephistophilis’ Servant; The Horse’s Tail

Marilyn Rees - Concerned Colleague; Pope’s Servant

Claude Rimmer - Mephistophilis’ Servant; Religious Man

Roy Tanner - Envy; Horse Dealer

George Trmal - The Midnight Hour; Duke of Vanholt

Chris Wiltshire - Mephistophilis

Scholars and the Voices of Good and Evil are played by members of the company

Technical Crew

Direction - Jane Sallis and Kevin Brice

Script - art + power: the portway players


Programme Art - Carol Chilcott (art + power)

Brochure/Postcard Art - Nicholas Selway (art + power)

Poetry - art + power

(Brenda Cook, Jenny Redlar, Roy Tanner, Mary Lansdown, Jacky Long, Sarah McGreevy, Lyn Martin, Joan Goodyear, Alan Marshall)

BSL Interpretation - Sandra Barefoot

Access Workshop Leader - Holly Thomas

Music - Annette Dunn

Stage and Lighting Design - Jo Cuthbert and colleagues, Bristol Old Vic

Stage, Lighting Technician - Oliver Hellis, BOV

Sound - Jason Barnes, BOV

Props and Backstage - Andy Harris

Cast of Devil’s Mask - Cathy and Steve Lewis

Photography - Kamina Walton

Costumes - Pat Wildman, Ilkley Playhouse;

Lee Frost, Frocks and Tails, Bristol

Special thanks to Dorothy Heathcote, Heather Williams, Kuumba Project for their assistance with this production.

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