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Andronicus Synecdoche (Song Of The Goat Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

He’d long hesitated before tackling Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus’, explains Grzegorz Bral, founder and director of Wrocław’s Song of the Goat theatre company, because of its harrowing themes and blood-soaked violence. In many ways, though, the play is an ideal match for the company’s trademark searingly intense, music-led approach. This is a potted production that retains the original’s central plotline, mixing English and Polish (subtitled), as well as blisteringly powerful choral sections and spoken dialogue, all delivered with raw power by the 14-strong cast of actor/singers and instrumentalists. It’s less a traditional performance, more an austere ritual of blood and revenge in which we’re all implicated – a powerful spectacle with resonances far beyond the performance space.

ZOO Southside, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [David Kettle]