Friday, July 20, 2012
Matthew Bourne: Play Without Words...
Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words at the Sadler's Wells in London's glitzy Islington.
Inspired by Joseph Lesley's film The Servant Play Without Words is set in early 1960s London. Using the ingenious trick of having up to three identical looking people play each part at the same time we get treated to what is, what was and what might have been been all at the same time. It's a sort of bewitching multiverse with three parallel streams playing out together.
We have the master, his servant and his new lady all at each others trousers and throats in tripicate. A trio of thugs and brace of housemaids add to the wonderful commotion. A revolving set, night club, gay pub - the action dances upstairs and downstairs as the tables are turned and turned again.
We loved it. It is original, sexy, witty, vibrant and funny. If you get a chance to go, do!