Tuesday, 18 November 2014

REVIEW - Rose theatre, Bankside


ANYONE who has a love of Shakespeare and his extensive portfolio of work should beat a path to the Rose Theatre.
Tucked behind its bigger neighbour, The Globe, this gem of a theatre is getting a well deserved reputation for putting on interesting and original versions of some of Shakespeare's best plays and those of his contemporaries.
However, the team has now turned its attention to Shakespeare's sonnets and taken some of the most well known and paired them up with a score for a solo cello.
The result is Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang, directed by Martin Parr which fuses together the music and the verse to create a beautiful piece about love, conflict and reconciliation.
It features just two performers, actress Katherine Heath and cellist Lucia Capellaro. It begins in darkness save for a spotlight which shines on Lucia as she performs her cello solo right at the back of the space by the water.
We then see Katherine who walks from a spot behind Lucia to the stage which features a double bed, a table and a few clothes.
To begin with the music and words are performed completely separately but by the end they have merged together.
During the hour long show we see a whole range of human emotions stemming from the happiness felt at what it is to be in love, to the anger and sadness at how it feels to then be rejected and then the joy at being reconciled.
They are shown through the words of the sonnets by Katherine but also through the beautiful and complementary music played by Lucia.
The result is stunning - my only regret is that it wasn't longer.

Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang is on at the Rose Theatre, Park Street, until Saturday, November 29. Tickets cost £12. Visit www.rosetheatre.org.uk/ or call the box office on 020 7261 9565

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