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Pictures in a Bath of Acid (1971)

World premiere of a play by Colin Wilson, performed at the Leeds Playhouse (15 September - 19 October 1971).


This was the premiere production of Pictures in a Bath of Acid, which examines the life of nineteenth-century writer August Strindberg, in particular his psychiatric problems.


August Strindberg ... Alfred Burke
Otto Steinmetz ... John Nightingale
Dr Gustav Book ... Malcolm Keith
Siri Von Essen ... Vivienne Dixon
Fanny Falkner ... Zoe Wanamaker
Harriet Bosse ... Susan Cox
Ina Forsten ... Susan Blake
The Judge ... Peter Ellis
The Prosecutor ... Anthony Boden


Director: Bill Hayes
Set and Lighting Designer: Brian Currah
Costume Designer: Kitty Burrows


August Strindberg was familiar to Zoe when work began on this production, as she had recently performed one of the writer's own plays, Creditors

During the same season as Pictures in a Bath of Acid was presented at the Leeds Playhouse, Zoe also appeared there in Family Album and Twelfth Night.

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