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NT LIVE : ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

Fifty years after its debut Tom Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, directed by David Leveaux’s, returned to the Old Vic in this marvellous production direcuj. We here in Australia are privileged to see it as part of this year’s  NT Live Series.

Stoppard’s play is an existential philosophical comedy, examining the very meaning of existence, memory and our fear of death.

Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, two unfortunate minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet’s friends, are now thrust centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly bewildered and out of their depth as their version of the Hamlet story unfolds.

Much attention needs to be paid to Stoppard’s wordy at times convoluted text. In some ways the play has a Becket like Waiting For Godot like feel.  

The set is fluid and changing and includes drapes with a fabulous dreamy Magritte- like cloud print for the opening scenes and sails and kegs of wine for the ship scenes. Continue reading NT LIVE : ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

TRAINWRECK

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TRAINWRECK lives up to its name in lots of ways, its major crash coming from its bloated length where it derails into the siding of sentimentality, a destination that it was on track to bypass.

Amy Schumer plays Amy, a journalist for a soft porn smut rag whose root rat father instilled an ingrained detestation towards monogamy. Unbridled in her promiscuity and as commitment phobic as the next bloke, Amy is the son her father never had. Except she doesn’t like sports.

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