Monday, 26 March 2012

Going Dark

Verdict: Go see it
Where: Young Vic
When: 6-24 March

Darkness is key to this play and when you enter the theatre your eyes won't adjust quickly enough to allow you to find your seat without the help of an usher - though it's surprising how quickly your eyes adjust so that you can see the rest of the audience.  The darkness is permanent and an integral part of the story.

The plot revolves around one man and how his relationship with his son and his career as an astrophysics lecturer start to fall apart as he slowly loses his eyesight.

The sole actor does an excellent job of switching from a single parent to telling us all about the universe - I felt like I was back at university. His son is a disembodied voice that moves around the theatre and in the inky blackness, it's as if he's actually there.

The actor does an excellent job at conveying the full range of emotions, with the aid of two simple-looking yet inventive props. The friend sitting next to me (who happens to be a doctor) confirmed that the play does an effective job of acting out the symptoms of going blind - including the visual hallucinations.

This is a short but well acted and engrossing story.  And a bargain at £15 - go see it.

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