"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Ensemble at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Isango version of the Mysteries, like
their Magic Flute,
been delighting audiences all over the world for years. They now add
the Jacobean Sam Wanamaker to their raft of cultural references.
two hour show is based on the Chester cycle – this selection
includes all the highlights, though we do skip suddenly from Abraham
to the Annunciation …
trademark style sits well in this intimate space. The music –
Gaudete as well as African and popular song – sounds superb.
company, directed by the legendary Mark Dornford-May, has its origins
in a township where poverty is endemic. But the upbeat sincerity of
what they do – the
expression of a
simple faith, its inspiring stories told with a colourful seasoning
of folksy fun – is a glorious theatrical experience, with no hint
of depression or despair.
text includes Latin and Greek, as well as Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans and
Flood is a highlight, with a makeshift Ark and Singin' In The Rain
followed by You Are My Sunshine. Bethlehem is suggested by a single
bale of straw. There is grandeur in the creation – an imposing
[female] God and a red-leather clad [female] Lucifer. And a darker
strength in the Massacre
of the Innocents
and the barbaric
brutality of the Crucifixion.
a life-enhancing show, totally unique, and a welcome addition to the
already eclectic offer in this magical performance space by the