Directed and Choreographed
by Ruth Griffin
Who was the first to be unfaithful? Man or woman? The Dispute by Marivaux and translated by Neil Bartlett sets up an experiment to finally determine the answer.
What if four children had been kept locked away in darkness and complete isolation since birth? What if, tonight, they were to be released? How would bodies and minds reared in darkness respond to the first words, the first lies, the first kisses? What if you got to watch? Cruel, erotic and elegant by turn, The Dispute is rightly regarded as one of Marivaux’s masterpieces.