Search

Theatre review: Reality at Moors Theatre

15:59 17 August 2012

Reality at Moors Theatre

Reality at Moors Theatre

Archant

Thought-provoking play takes us into a world of a paranoid schizophrenic

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

»Reality, at the Moors Theatre in Crouch End, tells the story of a paranoid schizophrenic struggling to get to grips with everyday life.

It draws on the “free writing” technique employed by psychiatrists, used as a kind of meditation and to draw out the thoughts of patients.

Writer and director Seth Jones also takes inspiration from the work of late, tragic playwright Sarah Kane, following her practice in giving his characters single letters as names.

A relatively short blast of a play, it attempts to put the audience in the shoes of Harry Mitchell’s troubled central character, who is plagued by schizophrenia and slowly becomes reduced to being a mere observer to his own thoughts.

The production is poetic and punchy in equal measure and paints a convincing picture of the disorder.

Katherine Beresford puts in a sizzling performance as the cynical, pessimistic voice in his head, pitted against her antithesis, the timid but optimistic torch-bearer played by Rochelle Parry.

A stand-out scene sees a shrink give Mitchell’s schizophrenic, D, the opportunity to open up and talk about his past, which offers a compelling insight into his troubled state of mind and his flawed thought processes.

As the drama unfolds, it becomes clear that D has done something unforgivable. The darkest depths of his problem are explored, as he battles to come to terms with his actions.

An original, thought-provoking and engaging study of this challenging subject.

* Reality was at Moors Theatre in Park Road, N8. Visit www.moorsbar.com/theatre

0 comments

Latest Entertainment Stories

Mon, 11:30
Iamamiwhoami - Blue

Swedish audiovisual artist Jonna Lee has come up trumps with the year’s most joyously complex pop record.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Neil Young - Storytone

Young offers fans intimate solo and lavishly orchestrated versions of the same songs, with typically mixed results.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Chooky Dancers. photo by SYC Studios

This year the intimate surroundings of the Southbank’s Spiegeltent are again host to the motley crew of acrobats, divas and contortionists who together make up La Soiree.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
English musician Argentina vs Croatia

The iconic rocker is dusting off his debut album, Dirk Wears White Sox, for a series of shows this week at Islington Assembly Hall. Here, he explains the unique ethos behind his music that spurred the 1980s’ famous ‘Antmania’.

Most read entertainment

Eddie said that despite being sexually attracted to children, he’s never committed a crime and that there’s many more like him.

PM speaks out after Lee Rigby report is made public calling one internet firm a ‘safe haven’.

Social network named in media reports as the platform used by extremists and criticised in government report.

The security services were not in a position to stop the attack on Lee Rigby, but an internet firm might have been able to help foil the plot.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition