Edinburgh Festival 2015: Roughs (for Radio) by Monkfish Theate

Best thing I’ve seen at the Fringe so far. Possibly Becket experts don’t rate these two radio plays so highly (or pretend not). But I don’t care. Beckett is too much controlled by the academics.

As to the show… You are unnerved and disorientated right from the start. And you just get unnerved further until the performances begin. I thought the acting was some of the best Becket I’ve heard. (The second play easily matched the performance I heard once on BBC Radio Three (including Pinter playing one of the parts, I think). The acting did not sensationalise Beckett, but wasn’t afraid to fully explore the emotion and the humour. Really outstanding production.

Because the audience couldn’t see the actors were also able to take advantage of moving around the room, so the action sometimes drifted behind you or directly in font of you.

The List didn’t give the production a good a good review, saying the production added nothing to the text. I’d say the man was blind is if wasn’t for the fact he’d have been blindfolded.

Easily worth 4 to 5 stars.


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