Sunday, 20 April 2008
Mark Ravenhill Double Bill, Royal Court, 16, 17 & 19 Apr 2008
Yes, I went to watch the "Fear and Misery/War and Peace" double bill three times.
And it wasn't just because of Joseph Millson. (Though I can't deny his flawless performance had a lot of weight in my decision).
I have no trouble admitting just how much I love Ravenhill's work and I think he is getting better and better at short plays (the New Connections assigments are really joyful to watch on stage). I like "Fear and Misery" slightly better (and then again, maybe it's just Joseph Millson) but both pieces are excellent and putting them together helps them achieve a fuller impact on the audience.
Burn Gorman was a pleasant surprise and he was quite impressive in his role. Will have to follow his next steps closely.
I can't honestly remember a night out at the theatre where I felt this satisfied in months. Well done, Royal Court, well done.