Writers:Ans &Louise Van den Eede
Company:Hof van Eede
Reviewer: Marina Spark
One of Belgium’s freshest young theatre companies has partnered up with the Theatre Royal Plymouth to present their award-winning productionWhere The World Is Going, That’s Where We’re Going.
The cast of two portrays the eponymous He and She; the inevitable male and female characters within a given love story. He and She also prove to be narrators and friends in this whimsical exploration of one of French literature’s greatest works. Their fantastical meanderings and artistic asides reflect their own descriptions and critique ofJacques the Fatalist and his Masterby Denis Diderot. This makes the piece both a self-fulfilling prophecy as well as exquisitely self-aware, with just more than a hint of ironic criticism and praise of the classic work.
The writers skilfully capture the character and essence ofJacques the Fatalist and his Masterwith continual interruptions and juxtaposing themes. There is an absence of resolution to both the conflicts and the love story within the piece. The writers’ choices have been made out of both criticism and respect for the subject matter. This results in a well-crafted literary critique as well as an entertaining piece of theatre.
The performances are delivered with a delightfully conversational vulnerability; the show begins with an apology. The performers capture the excitement and frustration of the playwrights and directly engage the audience with their dialogue throughout. Both performers create endearing and believable characters who, despite the absence of a name, feel as real to the audience as the person that they are sat next to. It is unfortunate that the names of the performers are not provided as both deserve a notable mention. Their performances are fearlessly intellectual and touchingly heartfelt.
Technically, the production is subtly effective, showcasing Brechtian, visible lighting and sound equipment. In addition, the use of projected, pre-recorded video adds to the alienation felt by the audience, preventing a comfortable narrative and ensuring that the issues of the piece are at its forefront.
This is an enjoyable, intellectual piece of theatre that will be of particular interest to those with a creative streak.
Runsuntil31 October 2015 | Image: Contributed