Five stars + for the amazing sets designed by Lizzie Clachan (the builders should get prominent billing too!) change, in an instant, from dilapidated house to swish hotel bedroom to, even more remarkably, a derelict warehouse. It was a huge relief to have something other than this disjointed, depressing piece of writing to think about. Why, when there are so many good writers out there, does the Royal Court waste its resources on this claptrap? How WOS gave it four stars is, fortunately, beyond my comprehension. Katie Mitchell, whose work I have usually hated, has certainly had her work cut out here! 2/10 see me! There were quite a number of young Americans in the audience tonight, I hope this hasn't put them off theatre. - rds
19 Apr 11
When this turned up in the latest Royal Court programme, it presented me with a dilemma. Iím very fond of playwright Simon Stephens work, but Iíve come to loathe the (recent) work of director Katie Mitchell. I decided to trust the playwright, but in the end it was he who disappointed.
For me, these three short plays with a somewhat contrived connection went nowhere and left me with nothing. The first is slight but touching as a foster mother says goodbye to her latest charge who is leaving for Canada. The second presents us with an edgy sexual encounter between a teacher and a policewoman in a hotel room. The third concerns the rather distasteful trafficking of a child. The content of the second and third is rather obtuse and the connection between the three somewhat nebulous.
The best things about the evening is Lizzie Clachanís designs, which move from house to hotel bedroom to warehouse extraordinarily quickly (perhaps to avoid a gap long enough for runners?!) and the performances of Linda Bassett and Tom Sturridge in the first play.
Why they are named after a lake in Cumbria is also beyond me Ė itís apparently Britainís deepest Ė but these plays certainly arenít. Much ado about nothing, Iím afraid. - Gareth James
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