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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Should some plays be seen and not read?

Stoppard’s The Hard Problem became richer when I read the script, but the playtext of Game lessens the experience of the Almeida’s unsettling staging

Buy a programme for Mike Bartlett’s new play Game and, apart from the expected background articles and CVs of the cast, you encounter the present tension between two styles of theatre.

Directed by Sacha Wares and designed by Miriam Buether, Game is a 55-minute dystopia about a culture in which the poor are given luxury accommodation in exchange for suffering a sort of extreme paint-balling by the rich. Theatregoers wear headphones and watch the live action either behind glass or on video monitors. Formally, it more resembles video-game or television than conventional theatre.

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from Network Front | The Guardian More