Review: Obsession, Barbican
13 hours ago
|O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag—|
|It's so elegant|
|'What shall I do now? What shall I do?'|
|'I shall rush out as I am, and walk the street|
|'With my hair down, so. What shall we do to-morrow?|
|'What shall we ever do?'|
|The hot water at ten.|
|And if it rains, a closed car at four.|
|And we shall play a game of chess,|
|Pressing lidless eyes and waiting for a knock upon the door.|
Well walking out in front of a baying crowd at the Globe was An Event in itself – Obstruction No 1 of the week was All That Love.Of the props thrown to the stage the most celebrated one was the stuffed deer that the actors playing Claudius and Polonius used to hide behind and spy on Hamlet. It made us think what a great prop it would make in a performance of "Love's Labour Lost" when the Prince declares he has been hiding behind "this bush". It prompted our only intellectual moment of the night, thinking how all the Shakespeare plays are somehow connected even via stuffed deers.
II One person on the stage level at a time (including that bloody extension)
III Voices on the balcony and bodies (those who won the toss) on the stage.
IV Doubling (or tripling or quadrupling) of characters a choix.
V John Boden played music of HIS choice – characters to move but not speak to the music, then freeze and speak when the music stopped.
The first obstruction pervaded the entire show. How lovely. Also dangerous – at times it was raining props. TC asked that the props in Act One come from the balconies not the more accessible yard… so they came – largely unsolicited and without warning.
17. Always offer the most beautiful versions of ourselves.Some nights it's hard being skeptical with theatre.
Heaven or Hell, Calais or Dover. Wannabe Bohemian. More Marwood Than Withnail. Failed Filmmaker. Permant(ly Failed) Student. Training in Russian Melancholy. Fringe Vagabond. Moleskine Notebook Addict. Londoner By Sheer Willforce.