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Revolution play in ‘Karl Marx’s local’ the Nellie Dean of Soho

Daniel Kelly

Published: 13 January, 2012
by JOSH LOEB

A Play about people power will get its premiere next week in a pub thought to have been frequented by the greatest revolutionary theorist of them all – Karl Marx

The Pirates of Carthage, by visual artist Daniel Kelly (pictured above), examines last year’s uprising in Tunisia “as told through Twitter”.

It will be performed at the Nellie Dean in Dean Street, Soho, which lays claim to a history dating back to the 1600s.

Mr Kelly, 30, said he decided to stage the play in a pub rather than a conventional performing arts venue as he wanted it to be “non-elitist”.

He added: “One of the themes of the play is people power – people overthrowing a president and having something to kick against, so it was important that it happened in the real word. Karl Marx lived just across the street from here at one point. This has been a pub for hundreds of years, so there’s a good chance he would have had a pint in here.”

• The show will be performed upstairs at the Nellie Dean on January 16, 17, 23 and 24. Tickets cost £5.

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