ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Masses Man (Theandric Taetro Nonviolento Italy)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Performing political theory in your non-native tongue is always going to be difficult but whilst the subtleties of the show’s arguments are lost beneath the cast’s accents, their physicality ensures that their message is clear. Although the physical direction of the abstract scenes is a touch school-drama-club (“low and spiky!”), the actual characters are compelling and immediate. Particularly impressive are the violently seductive Masses along with the physically and morally corrupt bankers. The script is overly complex, especially when performed by non-native speakers, and the tone is a touch self-righteous, but all is forgotten when you feel the pull of Masses’ hissed entreaties to “holy vi-o-lence”. A brave, flawed attempt at a difficult task.

C Aquila, 4 – 16 Aug, 12.00pm (12.50pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp279.
tw rating 3/5