Search

Review: Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words at Theatre Royal Norwich

17:36 08 August 2012

Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words

Archant

From the outset of Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words, the atmosphere drips off the stage.

A kaleidoscopic jazz lust dream, this dance-ballet-play charts the story of a young couple in an increasingly swinging sixties.

With each character played by multiple dancers, the action literally swirls around the stage and an impressive rotating central staircase – the centrepiece of Lez Brotherston’s iconic set of London landmarks.

The dance is intimate, sexual and intriguing, as improvised and as regulated as the best jazz. The performers duplicate, reinforce and deviate as sexual tensions between the engaged central couple, their servants, and a confident, over-amorous old friend spills out across both Soho and the more respectable corners of the capital.

Terry Davies’s score, performed live by a talented quintet led by Michael Haslam, and its ever present rumbling of a sneering trumpet is evocative and complex.

This is less bombastic, less hyper-real than most of choreographer Matthew Bourne’s oeuvre; more delicate, more sad and more human.

Anticipated love is felt keenly, a gasp mid-tryst is heard throughout the auditorium, betrayal and distrust flashed in pulsing lights, beating drums and theatrical fights.

This is a perfect sultry and sophisticated midsummer night’s dream.

Play Without Words continues at the Theatre Royal Norwich nightly until Saturday with matinees on Thursday and Saturday.

0 comments

Other news

Pensthorpe is looking for young naturalists to join a new junior board. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Pensthorpe Natural Park is looking for 10 budding naturalists to form its first ever junior board and help shape its future.

Yesterday, 16:11
Viscount Coke (left), vice chairman, and Sir William Cubitt, chairman, of the Norfolk branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). Picture: SUBMITTED

Major General Sir William Cubitt has taken over as chairman of the Country Land and Business Association’s (CLA) Norfolk branch.

Thu, 19:57
David Dimbleby  Photo:  Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

The five leaders not in government will debate each other on the BBC

Thu, 14:38

A window and door of the vehicle were damaged while it was parked on the Buttlands.

Most Read

Tue, 14:00
The house in Sculthorpe which was raided by police today.

A man and woman were taken away for questioning after officers searched a property in Moor Lane this morning.

Read more
Norfolk police
Thu, 11:43
Fakenham Conservative Club, where Marshall worked as bar manager.

Martin Marshall, 53, of Queens Road in the town, has been charged with one count of theft by employee.

Read more
Fakenham
Pensthorpe is looking for young naturalists to join a new junior board. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Pensthorpe Natural Park is looking for 10 budding naturalists to form its first ever junior board and help shape its future.

Read more
Thu, 11:43
Jessica Curtis's home in Wells is virtually uninhabitable because of damp. Picture: Ian Burt

Mould is growing up the walls of mother-of-four Jessica Curtis’s £102-a-week rented property in Gales Road.

Read more
Wells
Thu, 14:38

A window and door of the vehicle were damaged while it was parked on the Buttlands.

Read more
Wells

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition