Rupert Goold is quite literally the golden boy of theatre at present, and his smash hit of a production in Enron is a strong representation of his success in contemporary theatre.
Goold uses his eye for eye-popping visual storytelling to breathe life into the story of the Enron Corporation, and its eventual collapse, through the ever inventive use of clever metaphorical and symbolic representations of situations, characters, and events.
The fast paced design of glowing LED sticks of light and scrolling projections aid in making Lucy Prebble’s already quick moving script become and ever exciting glimpse into the financial world and the (sometimes irresponsible) people who lead it.
Enron is successful in that even if you may not be familiar with all the financial jargon, or if you don’t have a clue what Enron was, you can still take something away from the production; be it the development of the characters themselves, the visual presentation, or the story of a company too big for its boots.
Whilst surrounded by flashy aesthetics the cast also remain grounded and believable in their performances, creating the aura that so many successful heads of business possess whilst developing and destroying relationships as a result of their work.
The production is a tour de force of modern theatre by taking a modern story, applying contemporary theatrical techniques, and producing a thoroughly engaging output for today’s audience.
- Ben Wooldridge