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All That Fall (Edinburgh International Festival / Pan Pan Theatre)

By | Published on Saturday 31 August 2013

Unlike most technological art media, radio engages the visual imagination aurally, pure sound building the images. For Beckett’s radio play this is intensified, and full absorption ensured by the rule that no-one can leave and come back. The audience enters a dark room full of rocking chairs surrounded by lights. The lighting is frequently synchronised with the recording; a gust of wind is accompanied by flashing lights, for example. The play captures the bitterness of old age, alternating between humour and desperation. Most of the audience were reading Beckett beforehand, which is not strictly necessary but helps one to see what is lost in reading the text added in performance. The pace, rhythm and effect make a better production hard to imagine.

The Hub, 25 and 26 Aug, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 5.00pm and 7.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Michael Black]