Theatre Review: Throats
Inspired by the aftermath of 9/11 and directed by Gerald Thomas, THROATS at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington is full of mystery - but not always in a good way.
THROATS is full of mysteries. Why the title? What are we looking at? What does it mean?
The author, director, music and lighting designer, Gerald Thomas volunteered in the aftermath of 9/11 and was traumatised by the experience. The piece seems to be a throwing together of random recurring thoughts, words, and sounds.
From the dark, smoky opening (with fine piano composition by John Paul Jones) a long, last supper type table faces us with an expressive head (Lucy Laing) embedded in it.
There is a butler (Angus Brown) copiously pouring blood over himself and motley guests while they speak disconnected phrases about momentous or absurd items: crash Afghanistan apple botox independence stammer Jew cheers injustice colonoscopy organic...
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Dramatic life and death actions take place continuously, but not being able to construct a meaning leaves the audience disengaged.
From time to time, a siren blares and there is hope for a change of mood but no. Despite excellent acting, staging and music by Johnny Saccone we are glad it is only 80 minutes long.
- 1 Arsenal pub Tollington Arms listed 'to prevent it being turned into flats'
- 2 Disruptions to your journey by car and train around Islington and Hackney
- 3 'No consultation': Anger Islington cricket pitch could replace park
- 4 'Obscene gestures and racist abuse' made at Islington Council meeting
- 5 Police search for man who exposed himself on Islington 393 bus
- 6 Five times Islington has featured in films and TV series
- 7 Islington man charged with murder of shooting victim Taylor Cox
- 8 Arsenal offers behind scenes tour of Emirates Stadium at Covid jab pop-up
- 9 Islington district suffer heavy defeat to Greenwich in Lester Finch Trophy
- 10 'LTNs are killing us': Hundreds of Highbury traders sign petition
Thomas clearly has a talent for collaborating with actors, musicians, with Samuel Beckett, Phillip Glass and has worked in the USA, Brazil and Germany. Yet somehow all that skill has not managed to work though his demons and communicate.
* Showing at the Pleasance Theatre, in North Road, N7, until Sunday, March 27.