The Caucasian Chalk Circle (NT)
Posted 12 March 2007 - 11:28 PM
Posted 12 March 2007 - 11:53 PM
Posted 13 March 2007 - 01:07 AM
I really liked it - and the singer scared the beejesus out of me to start with but soon I really warmed to him. Have to admit I saw it in Canterbury and was rather ambivalent about it but what a change! Its completely transformed. Thoroughly good story telling and it so wasnt too loud.
Apparently the kids on tour have LOVED it so thats great.
Posted 13 March 2007 - 09:49 AM
Posted 13 March 2007 - 09:52 AM
When I saw that singer with his floppy fringe, stripy shirt and skinny tie, I thought what's he, a refugee from Franz Ferdinand? Then looked at his biog, where it said "has worked with Franz Ferdinand"! There's obviously a Franz Ferdinand "uniform".
Posted 13 March 2007 - 12:02 PM
Posted 13 March 2007 - 12:13 PM
Hmmm, I'm not sure he was necessarily trying to do any of those things but it did come across as very early 80s to me, in a Bauhaus/David Sylvian sort of way with a dash of Nick Cave thrown in, but dressed in that throwback-to-late-70s-mod Secret Affair-type way.
Posted 13 March 2007 - 10:23 PM
Really, really, really didn't like the singer. Not just him, but the tuneless songs, like a pretentious kid making up something in his bedroom. Thought there was no visual sense to it at all (I gather they scrapped a lot of videos), with sound equipment, etc. scattered around (I KNOW that was the concept, just think it's a tedious one.) Kids and I liked Grusha. Other teacher and I quite liked Azdak who suggested an interestingly rattled and tortured sensibility, but the kids mainly didn't, thinking the humour was too obvious (and these are 15 year olds - there was a laboured food spitting scene.) I asked one girl what she thought about the moment when it looked like Azdak might kiss Grusha and she said, 'Like....Ewwwww.' Agree with the above comments about the useless heavy breathing to convey the crossing of the bridge.
However, the audience stuck with it and it is a fab play. I don't think I ruined theatre-going forever for them.
Posted 14 March 2007 - 11:23 AM
Posted 20 March 2007 - 11:38 AM
Wonder if you've ever read or seen the play before? Am assuming you have, you will therefore know that Brecht never wrote a bridge scene! What he did write was a scene in which Grusha steps onto and the reaches the other side.Brecht wasn't interested in how wonderfully clever the creators could be he was more interested in getting on with the story!!! He also dictates the level of volume with which he wants the singer to sing to convey the seriousness of the story he is trying to tell us.
Have seen this production and was moved by the energy and anarchic spirit of the company and how wonderful it was to see a young company own and understand a play that the good Telegraph reading public would never understand in a million years. Lark Rise?? I ask you.
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