Pip Utton (born 1952) became a professional actor 16 years ago, after many years working as a jeweller. He achieved almost instant success with his portrayal of Hitler in his play "Adolf", and has since been recognised internationally as one of the leading writers and performers of solo dramas. He tours the world with his current repertoire of seven plays. "Adolf", "Bacon", "Chaplin", "Dickens", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "A Christmas Carol" and his latest work "Churchill" are currently touring the Netherlands. He has performed in over twenty countries and has won many awards for both his writing and performances. His work has been translated into seven languages. At the present time he is researching a new play with the working title "The Last Musketeer".
Victor Hugo's classic novel is brought to life by Quasimodo from the roof of Notre Dame. His feelings of rejection and loneliness challenge our perception of beauty and image.
Victor Hugo's classic "Beauty and the Beast" story is told through the mangled words of the Hunchback, Quasimodo. High on the roof of his beloved Notre Dame, alone except for the still body of Esmeralda he rails against the citizens of Paris and the cruelties of the age. His desperate loneliness, his unrequited love for the young gypsy and devotion to his "father", the priest who raised him, fuel his anger and despair. His rejection by everybody because of his appearance reflects and challenges today's obsession with image and perfect beauty. If beauty is only skin deep, then, perhaps, so is ugliness.
Premiere - August 2010