A rollercoaster of late 20th-century obsessions, Crimp’s “17 scenarios for the theatre” cover everything from pornography to ethnic violence, terrorism and unprotected sex care of a strange array of nameless characters who try to define one woman. The cast are: Kate Duchene, Michael Gould, Jacqueline Kington, Claudie Blakley, Liz Kettle, Dina Korzun, Helena Lymbery, Paul Ready, Jonah Russell, Zubin Varla and Sandra Voe. The technically advanced, multimedia production is designed by Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by Paule Constable.
Overnight critics were divided in their reactions to the piece. While some loved the inventive use of new media and enjoyed the humorous pastiches of popular television programmes and styles, others found the cast rushing around to set up television screens and cameras distracting and longed for more on-stage drama. While they agreed Mitchell brought originality to Crimp’s play, one or two reviewers felt she over-complicated the already ambiguous plot with special effects.
- by Caroline Ansdell