A BOLD REFLECTION ON HUMAN DEPRAVITY
Fractious Tash and Q Present
Shakespeare's most acidic work - on acid!
Directed by Ben Henson
at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St, Auckland
From 29 May 2013 to 8 Jun 2013
Reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton, 31 May 2013
originally published in New Zealand Herald
Director brings great clarity to Shakespeare's complex drama, with all-male cast filling demanding roles
It is never difficult to find contemporary events that point to the relevance of Titus Andronicus, but Shakespeare's reflections on the extremes of human cruelty are given particular poignancy by the recent murder of a young soldier on a London street.
The play is filled with murder, rape, mutilation and cannibalism, but the production by Unitec graduates avoids any gratuitous violence and builds an almost overwhelming identification with the victims.
The script has been skilfully truncated to a harrowing 90 minutes that brings great clarity to the convoluted narrative while preserving the extraordinary power of Shakespeare's language. [More]
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