A strong production, that is gripping from start to finish, with excellent performances from all of the ensemble.
Interesting that the above response to the review is so negative - a lone voice in otherwise a highly praised production from all including the nationals. - Mark Smith
16 Jan 12
Apart from the Costuming I have to completely disagree with the review, very little of this production was radical or revolutionary, techniques used such as projection and exposed technical aspects have been used on the fringe before and to a greater effect.
I was shocked to see this is what people think is revolutionary fringe theatre, I have seen classics done in far more effective ways at The White Bear, Blue Elephant and Southwark Playhouse last year. Doing three plays in rep doesn’t mean its any better than those who present one.
The one redeeming fact was the actress playing Mary, for me she stood out quite dramatically. Effective, thought provoking and yet at times the direction demands quite strange and ridiculously physicality something I found very distracting.
Some of the theatrical “tricks” like the beheading at the end of the play are effective but due to the lack of theatrical consistency come from no where. A real lack of concept and through line in my opinion.
Good luck to the company who I agree are ambitious, it’s just a shame they seem to get an awful lot of “exposure” for people looking for Kudos. (I do not mean Whats on Stage who cover fringe very well.)
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