Moira and I went along to the Bristol Old Vic last night to see Theatre Company 1927’s “Golem”… and we emerged feeling incredibly fortunate to have witnessed such a wonderful piece of extraordinary, inventive theatre.
fortune was at Hannah+Felix’s expense (literally)… they had passed on their tickets
to us after another engagement had cropped up (doubly sad, because I know they
would both have enjoyed the performance enormously).
The 1927 Theatre production embraces technology, art, design,
original film and animation projections (by Paul Barritt) with stunning, slick
precision to tell director/writer Suzanne Andrade’s story about mass-technology
and its effects on our lives - initially through the ‘character’ of a clay
figure called Golem, who comes to life and begins to take on basis tasks that
help simplify the life of its ‘owner’… and this Golem, in turn, is replaced by
Golem 2… and then Golem 3 (a bit like iPhone 7?).
Technology gradually taking over.
It’s a brilliant blend of acting, music, projections and lighting…
breathtakingly clever, witty and stunningly stylish. The acting (and the
immaculate timing) is excellent.
The mingling of of
live performance with animation and film is quite, quite magical.
approach another General Election, it’s perhaps a gentle reminder of some of
the shortcomings and losers in this brave new world of ours! You know, the one
where corporations and shareholders seem to be the only winners?!
Essentially, it’s a message about anti-consumerism and
anti-technology/dreams becoming nightmares… and, obviously, as someone who a) still uses a pen or
pencil to write notes, b) doesn’t own an iPad, c) has recently exchanged his
BlackBerry for a very basic answer/call/text mobile phone and d) no longer owns
a car, I can be excused for feeling somewhat superior and smug! Yeh, right!
It really was an extraordinary, colourful, intoxicating,
unique evening of theatre – 90 non-stop minutes full of wonderful imagery and
invention… and a modern fable.
PS: The 1927 Theatre Company is on tour with ‘Golem’ until 24 June. Today (3 June) is the last night at the Old
Vic, but it’ll be showing at Ipswich, Oxford and Harrogate over the coming
weeks. If you get a chance, PLEASE see this production… you DEFINITELY won’t
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