Royal Court: A New Direction?
Posted 27 February 2007 - 07:57 PM
Posted 28 February 2007 - 08:35 AM
More important, in my view, is his comment that the Royal Court will once again (as it always used to) occasionally stage classic revivals - a good way of building a more diverse audience (in terms of political view at least) in my view.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 12:39 AM
I have never read Ionesco's 'Rhinoceros', so if any production of it comes along that gets decent reviews, then I'll be happy to give it a go.
It so happened a few months ago that in a second hand-book shop I came across a copy of Max Frisch's 'The Fire Raisers' and because it seemed a timely read and because I had rarely if ever come across second hand copies, I bought it at a very low price. Good to see that Cooke at the Royal Court has this play scheduled for production: a revival, one that may throw a cat among the pigeons, and which will get people thinking and talking.
I like plays about working class life, worries and aspirations, which provides for a wide range of issues and treatments, but have never been attracted to stagings of 'lumpenproletarian' carrying-on passed off as 'so working class' when such life is more complex and interesting than that. So I'm not bothered if there happen to be fewer of the 'lumpen' presentations for quite a while, though the truth of despair need not be avoided.
I'm not so sure that the Royal Court has an essentially 'upper middle class audience'. Wealthiest borough or not, Kensington and Chelsea has no shortage of poverty, deprivation and unemployment including in its part-time employed and self-employed guises. The well-heeled are there in the audience, as are the blue-collar and white-collar working class attracted by interesting plays and affordable prices that acknowledge audience characteristics, right down to value-for-money play texts as programmes. If the Royal Court led by Cooke can 'hold up a mirror to society' and entertain us, then I welcome it and wish him the best.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:20 PM
Posted 02 March 2007 - 12:29 AM
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