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Lear’s Daughters (The Footfall Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

There’s much to be said for a retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ from the perspectives of his daughters, and the presentation here is certainly engaging and entertaining. Despite this, it doesn’t quite live up to its excellent potential. All four actors give compelling performances, and there are moments – including one shockingly visceral act of violence – that really stand out. The problem lies in the adherence to Shakespeare’s words. Though the plot has been tweaked slightly, the dialogue hails from the bard and while Goneril, Regan and Cordelia are intriguing characters, they remain just that: intriguing. This adaptation would have benefited from giving the sisters a little more depth, a little more character.

C nova, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Leask]