Thursday, 8 October 2015

REVIEW - La Musica, Young Vic

FOUR stars

RELATIONSHIPS are fragile things and a play by Marguerite Duras now on at the Young Vic shows this beautifully.
La Musica features Michel and Anne-Marie, who meet four years after they split up to finalise their divorce.
They meet in a hotel in a French town where they used to live and the tension is all too palpable.
We first see the pair high above the audience, sitting next to each other on a bench, backs to the audience looking out of a window.
We see their faces on huge screens and listen to them as they talk about their relationship, from how they met through to how and when they parted company. Half way through their reminiscences, they come down and sit on chairs around which the audience sit or stand.
It gets more intense and not just because we are so close to them. As they move about within and amongst us, we hear about their hopes and dreams when they were in the relationship, how they couldn’t live together and seemingly can’t live apart either.
We find out about their affairs, how Michel wanted to kill Anne-Marie and how she has since met someone else. As the truth comes out, old wounds are re-opened, grievances once thought forgotten resurface and old feelings re-awaken.
They flirt, fight and spar verbally and dance around the subject of love. Were they ever in love or was it a destructive relationship, or one of convenience.
It is heartbreaking, claustrophobic, emotional, powerful, raw and ultimately very sad.
Sam Troughton and Emily Barclay are incredible as the former lovers in what is a fabulous piece.

La Musica is on at the Young Vic, The Cut, until October 17. Tickets from £10. Visit or call the box office on 020 7922 2922.

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