Stairway to Heaven
DIRECTOR : Chris Loveless
VENUE : Blue Elephant Theatre
PLAYWRIGHT: Steve Hennessy
COMPANY: Stepping Out
Nicholas Cass – Beggs
Cheops’ Pyramid. Egypt. 2,700 B.C.
The biggest, most terrifying and dangerous construction site the world has ever known.
A hundred thousand men will haul two and a half million limestone blocks weighing a total of six million tons up a building the size of a skyscraper using nothing but human muscle.
On his first day working on the pyramid, one young man has to adapt quickly to a new life in a work gang where intense friendships and hatreds are forged in a feverish furnace of desert heat, brutal humour, backbreaking work, horrific accidents, drink, sex and death.
And as the ghosts of dead workmates and visions of Amun Ra the Sun God elbow their way into Makhthon’s dreams, something strange is happening just out of sight, on the higher ledges of the pyramid, where the workers are never allowed.
Where does the stairway really lead?
The London premiere of this darkly funny, strangely contemporary, intense and visionary journey to another world …