Tuesday, 7 July 2009

after the hols

I haven't written here since before the hols, but two plays since I came back deserve special mention:

1) Kursk by Bryony Lavery at the Young Vic
- for the richest, most complex sound design I have ever heard on the London stage. 2000 cues in 100 minutes. Enough said.

2) The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at Theatre 503
- for an authentic yet surreal reproduction of Martin Luther King's last sweltering night on earth in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. And also for an amazing pair of central performances, particularly by David Harewood who by a process of rare alchemy became the Voice of Dr King in that small pubtop room in Battersea.