Review: Be Absolute For Death

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By Barry Lane:

Peter Brook, the theatre director, suggests there are four kinds of theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough and Immediate.

I am always drawn toward Immediate theatre but there isn’t much of it around in a theatre world dominated by the deadly variety. So, it was a relief to discover In Situ, the nearest thing to Immediate theatre I have found in years. Experiencing Be Absolute for Death was cathartic, present and certainly immediate, performed in the perfect venue for this kind of theatre, the Leper Chapel, Cambridge.

In this intimate setting, the audience seemed to be part of the performance; included, challenged and involved as we found ourselves walking around inside a brothel. Everything seemed to happen because we were there, the audience and actors thrown together in a shared exploration of male sexual power, misogyny and corruption.

It’s brave to recast the Bard’s text like this, but it worked with the help of a wonderful device; getting the actors to fill in and interpret the story directly with the audience as it unfolded.

The mark of an accomplished acting ensemble is maintained, authentic focus in the spirit of connection. This is theatre that connects. Go see it.

Barry Lane

By Barry Lane:



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