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Handling Bach (Nonsenseroom Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Though both born in 1685, German composers Handel and Bach never met. This drama explores what would have happened if they had. Over dinner, arrogant Handel and humble Bach reminisce about their careers; a rather post-modern theme on the dangers of mastery and power soon reveals itself, of which some wonderful passages come: “You live in the citadel of your fame,” Bach tells Handel. Unfortunately, this most interesting storyline teeters and is never fully realised. The first thirty minutes move painfully slowly, but by the end of the first-half, the writing picks up and the gifted actors are able to explore a wider range of emotion. The chapel’s setting is eerie and romantic, but chilly, so bring your jacket.

Rosalin Chapel, 6, 8 – 10, 12, 15 – 19 Aug, 7.30pm (9.45pm), £10.00 – £12.00, 13, 20 Aug, 7.15pm (11.00pm), £30.00, fpp268.
tw rating 3/5