Friday, 14 November 2014
Theatre review: Far Away
Churchill's allegory seems to take in everything from underground rebel cells in corrupt regimes, to all-out world war. It's impenetrable in some ways but then that seems to be the point: In the final scene nations, professions, animals and eventually even abstract concepts are involved in a constantly shifting web of allegiances that leaves the characters understandably lost.
Hewitt provides focused direction for the short play, but the show's inevitably stolen by Georgia Lowe's design. The raised thrust stage blends in with the Clare's bland MDF walls, but hides trapdoors, hydraulics and other surprises that bring the nightmare world to life. The show's centrepiece is the parade the elaborate hats are designed for, that wows with its innovative staging in the restrictive space, while at the same time managing to be the most chilling moment of the play.
Far Away by Caryl Churchill is booking until the 29th of November at the Young Vic's Clare.
Running time: 40 minutes straight through.