KING LEAR (ALONE)

8 June

Burdall’s Yard

A magnificent, strong piece of high art playing nicely with Shakespeare’s King Lear. It is a great example of simultaneously reviewing what’s known and creating something new, where the old characters get more and more added to their personalities, extending the view on the situation shown. This, written by Frank Bramwell, play surprises in depths of the protagonist’s psyche, which are flawlessly shown by Bob Young’s one-of-its-kind acting. These two are the stage’s perfect match, making King Lear (alone) a powerful voice at the subject of humanity and the worth of truth and words. This play becomes an additional moment in Lear’s life just before its end, which naturally makes him and us question the history of the original play and causes questions about the alternative story. How much different could it be, if Lear has seen a true love in silence of the youngest daughter?

Although the way the play is written makes it easy to understand to any audience (even if you’ve never read or seen King Lear before it is still for you!), theatre and Shakespeare lovers will find even more pleasure in it as Bramwell has for us many surprises and references. Both ways, however, it is a cultural must-see. Hopefully, we’ll get more chances to see the collaboration of Young and Bramwell in next breath-taking pieces.

*****

Karolina Latka