Saturday, 10 November 2012

Woodland Romps in FORESTS by Calixto Bieito at the Barbican London











Calixto Bieto's Forest tonight at the Barbican was a wonderful production. "Composed from original verse from Shakespeare’s woodland and heath scenes, the play takes audiences from As You Like It's forest of Arden through the moving trees of Macbeth’s Birnam Wood, ending in the bare wilderness of King Lear’s cliffs of Dover: a vivid theatrical journey from the calmness of paradise to the uncertainties of purgatory and finally into the flames of hell". So, lots of saucy and sometimes violent romps around a wood, with plenty of undressing, putting on the clothes of the nearest person then swapping genders, rolling around in dirt, sons mistakenly killing fathers, fathers mistakenly killing their only sons, soliloquies on love, death, sex, greed, monstrosity...the usual fare. But what was really spectacular about this play was the set designs - enjoy the stills:

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