by Jo Clifford

Performed: Nov 2009

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A magical comedy of alchemy, devilry and desire.

In a crypt in 14th century France Justina, an alchemist, and her husband Fernando are engaged in a hapless and frustrating search for the Philosopher’s Stone. Justina dreams that with the stone she will be able to save the world from itself and bring a new era of peace and equality (Fernando would settle for enough money for a decent meal). So when the Devil offers Justina the stone in return for her soul, the temptation is too great. Now everything she wishes for can come true, can’t it?

As well as being a very funny and highly entertaining comedy, Playing with Fire also explores our eternal desires for wealth, love, community and justice.

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