WOYZECK – Pleasance – 4K

By Peter Maddern

Spies Like Us Theatre has devised a near rhythmic tale of a young solider, Franz Woyzeck (Alex Holley) who returns from war grappling with a crumbling sense of reality, his mental decline exacerbated by those around him who seek not to understand and help but take advantage of the situation.

This is a new adaptation of Spies’s work and it delivers a punch on many levels. As good as Holley is as the tormented Woyzeck, the show is somewhat stolen by Tullio Campanale as the ambitious drum major and solid doctor. His slightly scratchy voice is ideal for those varied roles, switching effortlessly between menace and authority.

Ollie Norton-Smith’s direction is impeccable with a minimal set skillfully used to set scenes – I didn’t know strung up pieces of calico could be so many things.

Excellent work by a very capable team.

Kryztoff Rating 4K

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