If you would like to read the beginning of Ian's cabaret act, you can find the words here.
The text of The Vision, a poem from the shows, is here.
From this page you can also download the scripts for some of Ian's full-length shows, in pdf format. Of course, the magic tricks are just described, but the texts give an idea of the theatrical structure:
Brecht on Magic. The first full-length Socialist Magic show. Originally performed in 1985, revived many times since then. Winner of the Fringe Review Award 2007.
Ian Saville begins the transformation from bourgeois to socialist conjurer, with the help of 3 Gods from Brecht's play The Good Person of Sichuan and a grumpy ventriloquist's dummy of the playwright himself.
"You have found out how to conjure up a most credible Brecht. Much more successfully than many Brecht experts are able to do. And as a complex demonstration of Verfremdung (or Alienation? Or what? You name it) your dialogues with him could hardly be bettered. This really is magic. You make us laugh and think. What more could BB ask?" John Willett, Brecht scholar and translator.
Getting Nowhere - Again. Saville and Bertolt Brecht are joined by socialist visionary William Morris in a search for the Socialist Utopia.
Left Luggage. Addressing the difficulties for the left in a time of change. Characters include Lenin as a disembodied head, Rosa Luxemburg and Saville's soul, in the form of a talking onion.
Honourable Flags. Ian's play set in the 1930s and 2002. Informed by Ian's research on Workers' Theatre, this play, partly in verse, explores the nature of theatre and its role in political change. Rehearsed reading by students at E15 acting school, and presentation at a conference on political theatre, but no professional production yet. Open to offers.