Arturo Ui is a renowned criminal, but his infamy is flagging. The media have lost interest, people have stopped talking about him.
Meanwhile, Dogsborough, a senior cabinet minister, is getting a little too cosy with the grocery industry. Business sentiment is falling and public money needs to come to the rescue. But rather than going towards infrastructure, government grants appear to be lining the pockets of Dogsborough and a select few shareholders.
Ui seizes on the opportunity, insinuating himself into Dogsborough’s political institutions, bringing his criminal gang and their brutal tactics along with him. To improve public perception, he trains himself to walk, sit and speak differently. Soon, he has the whole city at his feet. When he’s done there, the whole world.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, 21 Mar – 28 Apr 2018, Roslyn Packer Theatre
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