In the office of the journal of 'Failure Studies' three characters explore their personal and professional failures. George, the lowly intern whose job is purely the amusement of his colleagues, desperately struggles to impress his boss and the editor of the journal, Marc. Intoxicated by the relative power of his position, Marc exerts his authority from his precarious position, seemingly oblivious to his own insignificance and the growing tension between himself and his coworkers. Finally, Babe, Marc’s assistant, whose subservience grows increasingly untenable, appears to be the only character facing up to the reality of the failing journal on failure. A rupture is inevitable but what happens after? Do those who are left learn from the failures? Do they "fail, fail again, fail better" as Samuel Beckett once wrote? Or, are they doomed to repeat these same failings? Do they fail, fail again, fail worse?
'Failure Studies' is driven by a desire to create challenging theatre which criticises and comments on our relentless and terrifying world. We aim to develop exciting and innovative work which asks audiences to examine and question society and how we live in it.
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