1928, Ille de Port-Cros, Var, France. D. H. Lawrence is a very ill man fulminating against the dying of the light. In a series of animated snap-shots, Lawrence presents the personalities and events which shaped his early life. A portrait emerges of a man able to view his life with a mixture of pathos and good humour – not the serious persona implied in his writings nor the puritan sage of his biographers.
A complex and self-contradictory character, often out of step with his background and education, Lawrence is revealed as a man of song with a gift for mimicry as well as profound story-telling and an ability to challenge the sexual mores of his generation in works such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Women in Love and The Virgin and the Gypsy. Powerful, literary and moving, Phoenix Rising is a colourful portrait of an extraordinary artist at full throttle!
‘This is a performance of great skill and dexterity (Paul Slack) gives a totally absorbing portrayal not only as Lawrence but of the many characters who shaped his early life... an excellent dramatic experience which is consistently entertaining and, ultimately, profoundly moving. I thoroughly recommend it!’ - BBC Radio
'Spellbinding!’ - Sir Ian Holm
‘Paul Slack gives a power-house performance!’ Adelaide Advertiser
‘Paul Slack gives a totally absorbing performance in this moving and skilfully scripted piece’ - Sir Derek Jacobi
‘Whether you are well versed in the works and life of Lawrence, or know nothing... you will find this play a rewarding and fascinating experience... don’t miss it!’ - Glam Adelaide
“A ‘powerful’; ‘brilliant’; ‘entertaining’ and ‘utterly compelling, 'one man tour de force’! Paul Slack plays D. H. Lawrence... and so much, much more... one actor, a table, a chair, a few books and one enormous imaginative talent! (A million stars! Don’t miss it!)” Adelaide ArtBeat/Glam Adelaide