Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Dance review: Play Without Words
Lez Brotherston's set is focused around a revolving double staircase that helps create some striking visuals along, of course, with Bourne's choreography. Though far from a dance fan and even less of an expert, I can at least say I found Play Without Words entertaining, a sexy and visually impressive show. Following the details of the story being told was a bit trickier, even at the end Richard and I were undecided on whether Glenda's lover was the manservant or someone else (the latter, I think, the cast list does list an "old friend" [Jonathan Ollivier, Postlethwaite and Trenfield] which suggests to me he's the lover.) But even if the big picture eluded us we both enjoyed the setpieces - the multiple casting of all the roles leads to a funny scene where one version of the valet dresses his master, while another version simultaneously undresses him. The master/valet reversal is another interesting dynamic - though we agreed the scenes between the two seemed to have more of a 1920s vibe than the rest of the show's 1960s setting.
Play Without Words by Matthew Bourne and Terry Davies, based on The Servant by Robin Maugham and the film adaptation by Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey is booking until the 5th of August at Sadler's Wells; and from the 7th to the 11th of August at Norwich Theatre Royal.
Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes including interval.