Company: Hilton Arts Festival
EVIL is the chilling real-life account of the teenage years of Erik Ponti. A victim of an abusive step-father and drawn to petty crime, he is sent to an elite boarding school where institutionalised bullying is the currency of a violent student council. Here Erik befriends the gentle, non-violent Pierre and musters the strength and determination to confront the bullies. Voted one of the top plays of the Imaginate Youth Festival in Edinburgh in 2016, EVIL
confirms that young people don’t just want to be entertained by theatre, they want to be challenged to reflect on the issues that touch their lives. Bullying remains a heartbreakingly prevalent problem in our schools.
Adapted from Jan Guillou’s semi-autobiographical novel “Ondskan” and produced by the National School of the Arts with direction by Laine Butler and Mike da Silva, EVIL features
the award-winning Jaques de Silva in a riveting solo performance.