The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, written by Christopher Marlowe, is the Trinity College Dramatic Society’s winter play. Directed by 4th year student David Bowden, the play is the familiar story of Faustus, a German physician who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 24 years of freedom, power and knowledge.
Featuring an impressive and flexible cast where actors play multiple characters, Doctor Faustus strikes a balance between the sinister and humorous, complimented by a dramatic red and black set. Duncan Derry carries the leading role well, exerting a quirky arrogance with moments of quiet despair towards the end, and Pippa Leslie’s portrayal of sidekick devil Mephistopheles is simply delightful in its blend of wit, sarcasm, and rage. The resulting chemistry between them is thus dynamic and engaging, consisting of taunts and put-downs as well as reassurances and cooperation in trickery. Continue reading “Doctor Faustus: A Hell Of An Evening”