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13, National Theatre
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly


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Saw this today for the first time.

With huge apologies to all my Christian friends who detest bad language:
OMG ... OMG ... OMG!
This was f**king amazing!
Lovin' it!
Loved it ... Loved it ... Loved it ... !

Great actors (a couple direct from the Paintframe, a couple from Emperor and Galilean). Loved the innovation in having parallel scenes running at the same time. Amazing staging. And, critically, and most importantly, such a lot to think about - there is a lot of meat to the piece. I do have a strong preference for political (with a small p) and issue-based plays and this is definitely one of those.

Yes, there are problems with this play and this production; it is not perfect. However, its subject matter and the fact that it makes you think deeply about so many things more than makes up for it!

My feature on Stop the War turned out to be very timely as one of the key themes in this piece was the impending war on Iran.

I will write a proper review in due course but what I wanted to say was ...

GO AND SEE THIS NOW!

Cut and pasted from the National's website:

Across London, people wake up from an identical, terrifying dream. At the same moment, a young man named John returns home after years away to find economic gloom, ineffective protest, and a Prime Minister about to declare war. But John has a vision for the future and a way to make it happen.

Coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality in this epic new play from the writer of Earthquakes in London. Set in a dark and magical landscape, it depicts a London both familiar and strange, a London staring into the void. In a year which has seen governments fall as the people take to the streets, 13 explores the meaning of personal responsibility, the hold that the past has over the future and the nature of belief itself.

For further details about the production and to book tickets, follow the link:
http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/66098/productions/13.html

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I thought it sounded like a good 'un. Glad to be proved correct! :-)

You, my dear, are never wrong!

I'm wrong plenty! But when I saw that Thea Sharrock was director, mentally I marked '13' down as likely to be something special. :-)

It was very, very good.

It was actually worth going to see it just for the set alone, which was amazing!

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