Monday, 17 September 2012
Theatre review: Love and Information
The scenes are collected into eight numbered sections, some of whose overarching themes are clear, others' connections are more tenuous. So one section keeps coming back to memory, how it works, how it can stop working, how it can unexpectedly resurface. Another looks at language, while later we keep coming back to the idea of people and their personalities being made up of their knowledge and memories - therefore how different are we really to a computer?
The fact that this review is now getting bogged down in remembering moments I liked can only be a sign that this really was an information overload, and a good one at that. I bumped into a friend on the way out who was already on her second trip to the show, and I have no doubt that it would reward multiple viewings. I don't know that I'd recommend that, but certainly if you get the chance to see it once, you should give it a go - if nothing else, you won't see anything quite like it too often.
Love and Information by Caryl Churchill is booking until the 13th of October at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.
Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes straight through.