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64 Squares (Rhum And Clay)

By | Published on Thursday 13 August 2015

64 Squares

Rhum And Clay return to the fringe with their aesthetically pleasing adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s ‘The Royal Game’. Told in a series of flashbacks, one man (whose schizophrenia has split him into three actors and one percussionist) tries to piece together fragments of his distorted memory, to work out why he’s on a ship and playing the chess world champion? The company’s skill is fascinating; fluidly moving as one body, they give a master-class in ensemble work. They utilise comic and playful devices, creative manipulation of light, and choreography that reads like visual poetry. Occasionally the dialogue seems a little disjointed in comparison to the physical sequences, but overall this fusion of musicality, movement and storytelling is one to catch.

Underbelly, until 30 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Stephanie Withers]