|Top of the World/ Three Sisters
||[Mar. 20th, 2010|07:18 pm]
Top of the World by small independent (Liverpudlian) touring company Spike Theatre - 75 minute devised piece with 3 actors, retelling the story of Edmund Hilary and the first successful scaling of Everest. Humour, lots of inventive stagecraft (ladders, sheets, key props), audience participation.Very actorly, but good. In discussion afterwards actors talked about devising process, relationship with the audience and how the show marked a new direction in choosing real stories for the origins of shows. Ellen Terry studio theatre, 3/3/10|
The Three Sisters - Filter Theatre in collaboration with the Lyric Theatre, touring production at the Warwick Arts Centre, Sat 27th Feb 2010
Didn't think I was going to enjoy this, going more for benefit of me edication as anything else - but it turned out to be the best thing I'd seen since Phaedra last summer. A 'Brechtian' production, attempting to defamiliarize the familiar" - no scenery beyond props, incongruous objects such as bar-heaters but most obviously the audio equipment - music, song, mics, stands & cables at key locations on stage, along with the presence of the sound/lighting desk and techie onstage... all seemed a bit self-conscious as we were waiting for it to start, but when it did, I revised my opinion. Really good overall, really brought the play to life, including the humour, which I had read about in relation to Chekhov's plays but not understood till seeing this production. Definitely be interested in seeing more of the company's work, and to visit the Lyric too.